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George Allen Davis
(Iron)

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[edit] Biographical Information

George Davis was the son of a wealthy judge in Buffalo, New York. Between 1912 and 1915 he pitched in 36 games for the New York Highlanders and Boston Braves. Of the major-league pitchers who have thrown no-hitters, only Bumpus Jones (2) and Bobo Holloman (3) have fewer career victories than Davis (7).

After baseball, he returned to Harvard Law School, where he was enrolled while pitching his no-hitter for the "Miracle Braves" of 1914. He became a real estate attorney in Buffalo.

He was featured in an article in Baseball Magazine, February 4, 1915, called George Davis, the No-Hit Hero of the Braves. His no-hitter was called "the best individual performance" of the Miracle Braves season of 1914. Davis himself called it luck, noting that he had allowed five walks and there were also a couple runners who reached on errors. A serious student, he said that reading was his favorite sport. He was originally signed by New York in 1912, but was sold to Boston after the 1912 season.

Although the press usually called him George Davis, he is remembered under the name "Iron Davis", which distinguishes him from the Hall of Famer George Davis, whose major league career ended three years before this George Davis' big league career started.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • Won a World Series with the Boston Braves in 1914 (he did not play in the World Series)

[edit] Further Reading

  • Rory Costello: "George Davis", in Bill Nowlin, ed.: The Miracle Braves of 1914: Boston's Original Worst-to-First World Series Champions, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 34-39. ISBN 978-1-933599-69-4

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