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David W. Force (Wee Davy or Tom Thumb)

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"Force and Wright were the two greatest shortstops of the early days of baseball..." - The Sporting News obituary of Davy Force, relying on Francis Richter

Davy Force had a long and famous career in baseball, beginning as early as 1866.

Force's .211 batting average (National League only/ NA excluded) is the lowest all time of any player who was not primarily a pitcher or catcher. Of course, from 1879-86 he was one of the oldest players in the league. In 1872 he was second in the association in batting and in 1873 he was sixth.

Subject of the famous "Davy Force Case", his lengthy obituary by the Sporting News can be found at http://www.thedeadballera.com/Obits/Force.Davy.Obit.html. The Davy Force Case, a dispute involving two contracts signed by Force, eventually led indirectly to the demise of the National Association.

Force was the shortstop for several years when The Big Four comprised the rest of the infield in Buffalo.

After his time in the majors he played in the minors in 1887-88.

After baseball he worked for many years for the Otis Elevator Company.

He holds the record for most career pitching appearances without surrendering a walk or strikeout. He appeared in four career games, walking none and striking out none.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NA Singles Leader (1872)

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