Curt Davis

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Curt Davis
1931 Zeenut Curt Davis.jpg
Born: (1903-09-07)September 7, 1903
Greenfield, Missouri
Died: October 12, 1965(1965-10-12) (aged 62)
Covina, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 1934, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
April 28, 1946, for the Brooklyn Dodgers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record158–131
Earned run average3.42
Career highlights and awards

Curtis Benton Davis (September 7, 1903 – October 12, 1965) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. On October 2, 1933 he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Pacific Coast League San Francisco Seals in the 1933 rule V draft. He played for the Phillies (1934–36), Chicago Cubs (1935–37), St. Louis Cardinals (1938–40), and Brooklyn Dodgers (1940–46). The right-hander was a native of Greenfield, Missouri.

Even though Davis did not pitch in the major leagues until he was 30, he still managed to have a 13-season National League career. He had quite a list of accomplishments, including winning 19 games as a rookie, 22 wins in 1939, eleven double-digit victory seasons, twice an NL All-Star, and pitching in the 1941 World Series. He had excellent control, leading the league in BB/9IP in 1938 and 1941, and finishing in the top ten in that category ten times.

Other top ten rankings for Davis include wins (4 times), winning percentage (4 times), ERA (4 times), H/9IP (3 times), WHIP (5 times), shutouts (5 times), saves (5 times), games finished (1 time), and oldest player (5 times).

Career totals for 429 games pitched include a 158–131 record, 281 games started, 141 complete games, 24 shutouts, 111 games finished, 33 saves, and an ERA of 3.42 in 2325 innings pitched.

Davis had a .203 career batting average (165-813) with 70 runs, 11 home runs and 81 RBI. He hit .300 (12-40) with the Cubs in 1937 and .381 (40-105) with 17 RBI with the Cardinals in 1939.

After pitching one game in the 1946 season (April 28), he was released by Brooklyn three days later.

Davis died at the age of 62 in Covina, California.


  • Davis was one of the Cubs players involved in the 1938 trade which brought Dizzy Dean over from the Cardinals.
  • His nickname was "Coonskin."

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Whit Wyatt
Brooklyn Dodgers Opening Day
Starting pitcher

Succeeded by
Ed Head
Preceded by
Hal Gregg
Brooklyn Dodgers Opening Day
Starting pitcher

Succeeded by
Hal Gregg