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Curtis Benton Davis (Coonskin)

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Despite reaching the majors at a late age, Curt "Coonskin" Davis pitched 13 years in the major leagues, winning 158 games and making the All-Star Game twice.

Discovered by a scout while he was playing semipro ball, Davis began his minor league career in 1928. He later spent five seasons with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League, winning 22 games in 1932 and 20 in 1933. After the 1933 season, he was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1933 Rule V Draft. As a rookie in 1934, he won 19 games, posted a 2.95 ERA, threw 18 complete games, and led the National League with 51 appearances while playing for a seventh-place team.

Davis was dealt to the Chicago Cubs during the 1936 season and made the All-Star Game. Prior to the 1938 campaign, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals as part of the deal that brought Dizzy Dean to Chicago. He won 22 games for the Cardinals in 1939 and again was an NL All-Star that year, while also batting .381 during the season.

Acquired by the Brooklyn Dodgers in the middle of the 1940 season, Davis went 13-7 on the 1941 Dodgers team that won the pennant. He continued to pitch for the Dodgers until he was 42 years old.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time NL All-Star (1936 & 1939)
  • NL Games Pitched Leader (1934)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 4 (1934, 1935, 1939 & 1942)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1939)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 5 (1934-1936, 1939 & 1942)

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