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Monday, February 26, 2007

George Davis

Eligible in 1915.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 26, 2007 at 01:25 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 26, 2007 at 01:29 PM (#2303411)
Davis' career was discussed in these threads:

1915 Ballot Discussion

1915 Ballot Thread

Shortstop Positional Thread

If you know of any others, please let me know.

   2. yest Posted: February 26, 2007 at 08:10 PM (#2303600)
john i think there was some discussion on the ballot thread (because I didn't vote for him PS he is in my pHoM (made quite a few changes to my system since then)) might have been eaten though
   3. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 27, 2007 at 01:34 AM (#2303686)
I updated it, yest. Thanks!
   4. Paul Wendt Posted: July 20, 2008 at 09:35 PM (#2865794)
[copied from the ballot thread for HOM shortstops]

DanR:
I had no idea that George Davis deserved a year of credit for his missing 1903. That adds another $17M to his total, which pushes him past Dahlen and Ozzie for me.

People disagree about the conflict between capital and labor :-}
Davis was player/manager under baseball's least popular magnate. When he signed with the American League for 1902 some people said "even Davis has deserted him." I have read notes that I tend to interpret "George Davis was always willing to do his dirty work. Now even he has deserted Freedman."

Anyway, new manager John McGraw (mid-season 1902) under new owner John Brush (off-season) persuaded Davis to return to the Giants for a good salary and $2000 signing bonus. But the two leagues made peace and negotiated the allocation of players who had signed to change leagues for 1903. The American League won Davis (returned to Chicago) [and Sam Crawford (advanced to Detroit). IIRC they were the greatest players at stake.]

Davis was directed to return the signing bonus, which he refused to do. He showed up for work in New York, at least at the beginning of the season, fulfilling his part of his only 1903 contract (on legal advice from John Ward?).

The Giants supported Davis. It was the rest of baseball that wanted the Giants to consummate the peace. Sometime during the season, tactics dictated that Davis play a few games for the Giants.

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