Willie Davis slides into heaven

The 3 Dog holds so many Los Angeles Dodger records:

Individual:

Triples (16) , Longest hitting streak (31)

Career:

At Bats (7,495), Runs (1,004), Hits (2,091), Triples (116), Total Bases (3,094), XBH (585), PA (8,035)

From 1960 - 1973 Willie Davis put together one hell of a career. He was considered a chronic underachiever, and for most Dodger fans in the 1960's will be forever remembered as the center fielder who made three errors in a row

The Orioles were the first to break through with three unearned runs in a terrible inning for the Dodgers' Willie Davis. First, the centerfielder dropped consecutive fly balls (after losing both in the sun). Then he threw a wild ball past third base after the second drop.

in game two of the 1966 World Series,  but he was much more than that.

As the numbers above show he was Mr. Los Angeles Dodger, a constant in Chavez Ravine as his team changed about him over and over. He saw the highs of the great teams from 62-66, then stuck around to see the wretched teams of 67, 68, followed by the slow youth movement that was capped just after he was finally traded to the Expo's for the final piece of the puzzle in Iron Man Mike Marshal.

Through it all Willie Davis did his thing never quite reaching stardom but certainly putting his stamp on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Willie was one of those ballplayers who did things easily so lazy got pinned to him. There was no kinetic energy to Willie, he simply flowed through a baseball game.  I've always found that the more graceful the player the easier it is to pin a tag that they are lazy or don't care, when truth is, things just come easy to them.

The first time I saw Willie Davis, Mr. Ed was giving him hitting advice, the next time I saw him was at the Ravine in 1970. He quickly became one of my favorite and most exasperating  Dodgers. At times he could do it all, other times average was all we got. His speed allowed him to patrol CF well enough to win three straight six gold gloves between 1971 - 1973.  He hit well enough to become the only LA Dodger to eclipse 2,000 hits.

Mister Ed and the Dodgers (via georgecf)


I was lucky enough to see Willie Davis play, more importantly I was able to see WIllie Davis run. Boy could the 3-Dog run. Who needs home runs when the 3-Dog is sliding into 3rd comfortably a head of the throw.

 

In 2006 he was honored by his high school alma mater Roosevelt High. In the video Willie explains exactly the roots of his 3-Dog nickname. Lot of great photo's in this video from his high school track star days and his Dodger baseball cards. Also some nice video of Willie playing Dodger baseball. This is a cool video I really recommend you take a look at it.

Willie Davis - Alumni Roosevelt HS Hall of Fame (via calteknet)

Willie Davis just a few months ago:

Willie Davis Legendary Baseball Player and Golfing - WTF Golf Episode 14 (via wtfgolf)


Run Willie Run

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