Dodger owner Frank McCourt made the following statement today regarding the passing of former Dodger outfielder Willie Davis.
“Willie Davis went from a local talent at Roosevelt High School to a World Champion center fielder for the Dodgers in just a few years and many of his records still stand today. He was beloved by generations of Dodger fans and remains one of the most talented players ever to wear the Dodger uniform. Having spent time with him over the past six years, I know how proud he was to have been a Dodger. He will surely be missed and our sincere thoughts are with his children during this difficult time.”
William Henry Davis was born on April 15, 1940 in Mineral Springs, AR. He was a world-class sprinter at Roosevelt High in Los Angeles when he was spotted by Dodger scout Kenny Myers, who projected Davis as a baseball center fielder.
The Dodgers signed Davis upon graduation in 1958 and he was in the Major League two years later. Davis spent 14 seasons with the Dodgers from 1960-73 and he remains the Los Angeles franchise leader in hits (2,091), extra-base hits (585), at-bats (7,495), runs (1,004), triples (110) and total bases (3,094).
He set a team record in 1969 with a 31-game hitting streak and was a member of championship teams in 1963 and 1965. Davis won three Gold Glove Awards from 1971-73.