Tuesday, June 2, 2009

WSC Vintage: George Davis

Card #3 - George Davis

This picture was taken around 1908, and features George at the tail end of his career. He was primarily a shortstop, but played wherever needed. George was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.

He started his Major League career in 1890, playing for the Cleveland Spiders. He then moved on to the New York Giants in 1893. In 1902, George jumped to the Chicago White Sox, for a $4,000 salary, where he batted .299 and drove in 93 runs.

In 1903, he tried to return to the Giants. George wanted a raise and was set to be the second highest paid player (at $6,700), behind Nap LaJoie that year. He was prevented from doing so by the peace agreement between the leagues and only played in 4 games.

In 1904, George returned to the Chicago White Sox, where he remained until his retirement in 1909. His numbers would decline, along with the rest of the league, but in 1907, George saw his natural decline set in. His last game was August 15, 1909.

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