Skip to content

Former Dodgers center fielder Willie Davis dies

Mar 9, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

Andrew Blankstein of the Los Angeles Times reports that 69-year-old former Dodgers center fielder Willie Davis was found dead in his apartment this morning:

Davis … became one of the Dodgers’ early stars after the team moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn in 1958. Known for his offense, Davis played center field for the Dodgers for 13 seasons starting in 1961. He hit in a team record 31 consecutive games in 1969 and batted .305 or above three years straight in the late 1960s and early 1970s.


After baseball, Davis made headlines in 1996 when he was arrested at his parents’ home near Gardena for allegedly threatening to kill them and burn down the house unless they gave him $5,000. Davis was armed with a set of throwing knives and a samurai sword, officials said.

According to the report “authorities said there was nothing to indicate foul play and it appears that Davis died of natural causes.”
Jon Weisman of has a nice tribute to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ all-time leader in hits and runs.

  1. YX - Mar 9, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    It’s probably not the best time for this…
    but throwing knives and samurai sword??!

  2. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Enjoyed watching him play against the Mutts. A fine ballplayer. RIP.

  3. sr2 - Mar 10, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    f u that was my stepborther ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. sr2 - Mar 10, 2010 at 2:25 AM

    F U THAT WAS MY STEPBROTHER ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. sr3 - Mar 10, 2010 at 2:30 AM


Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. G. Stanton (2709)
  2. C. Correa (2587)
  3. Y. Puig (2577)
  4. G. Springer (2466)
  5. B. Crawford (2464)
  1. H. Pence (2359)
  2. H. Ramirez (2351)
  3. M. Teixeira (2265)
  4. J. Hamilton (2242)
  5. J. Baez (2227)