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Tommy Davis dead: The two-time NL batting champion for the Dodgers was 83

Tom Davisa two-time National League batting champion for the Dodgers, died Sunday night at the age of 83. announced the team.

Davis, who was born in Brooklyn, NY, died in Phoenix with his family at his bedside.

Davis hit .346s in 1962 and .326s in 1963 to become the first batting champion in Los Angeles Dodgers history. His 230 hits and 153 RBIs in 1962 are Los Angeles season records. He was a member of the Dodgers World Series Championship teams in 1959, 1963 and 1965.

Dodgers players Ron Fairly, Jim Gilliam, John Roseboro, Maury Wills and Tommy Davis in 1962.

Dodgers players Ron Fairly, left, Jim Gilliam, John Roseboro, Maury Wills and Tommy Davis in 1962.

(Associated Press)

As a left fielder and third baseman, Davis played 18 seasons in the majors, including eight (1959-66) as a dodger. He also played for the New York Mets (1967), Chicago White Sox (1968), Seattle (1969), Houston (1969-70), Oakland (1970, 1971), Chicago Cubs (1970, 1972), Baltimore (1972- 75), California (1976) and Kansas City (1976). He finished with a .294 lifetime average, 153 homers and 1,052 RBIs in 1,999 games.

Dodger greats Tommy Davis (left) and Don Newcombe are honored before a game.

Dodger greats Tommy Davis (left) and Don Newcombe are honored before a game between the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres April 15, 2012 at Dodger Stadium.

(Reed Saxon/Associated Press)

Davis, a baseball and basketball star at boys high in New York, was about to sign with the Yankees in 1956 when Dodgers star Jackie Robinson called Davis and encouraged him to sign with the Brooklyn organization.

Davis, who worked for the Dodgers’ community relations team, is survived by his wife, Carol; five children Lauren, Carlyn, Leslie, Herman Thomas III and Morgana Davis; and 17 grandchildren.

Funerals are coming up.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-04-04/tommy-davis-dodgers-dies-83-obit Tommy Davis dead: The two-time NL batting champion for the Dodgers was 83

Caroline Bleakley

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