From BR Bullpen
Otis Allen Davis (Scat)
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 160 lb.
- Debut April 22, 1946
- Final Game April 22, 1946
- Born September 24, 1920 in Charleston, AR USA
- Died July 23, 2007 in Clearwater, FL USA
 Biographical Information
"Think about this. What if Eddie Stanky had struck out? If he doesn't get on base, what happens to my shot at the big leagues?" - Otis Davis
Otis Davis had one chance in the majors, as a pinch-runner for Eddie Stanky. Davis had injured his knee while running track in high school, and reinjured it sliding into third base as the pinch-runner. Later, back in Montreal, he injured it again, and when sent to Fort Worth, he injured it yet again.
He had started in pro ball in 1941, but in 1942 volunteered for the Navy. He was discharged, however, due to his knee swelling up. He went back into the minors in 1943. His last year in the minors was 1948, when he hit .344. He played several years of semi-pro ball after that.
He customarily wrapped his knee when he played.
After baseball, he worked at a Buick dealership and then became a machinist.
Source: SABR Biography of Otis Davis
 Further Reading
- Richard Tellis: Once Around The Bases, Triumph Books, Chicago, IL, 1998, pp. 121-128.