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John Humphrey Davis (Red)

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John "Red" Davis had one year in the majors along with long careers in the minors as a player and manager.

His one season as a player in the majors occurred in 1941. He became the regular third baseman for 21 games from September 9, 1941 to Sepember 28, 1941, posting a fielding average well above the league average. However, his batting average was only .214. He replaced Dick Bartell at third base during that period; Bartell was a player/coach that year, and his playing time after 1940 never exceeded 400 at-bats.

His minor league playing career was in 1935-41, 1946-54, and 1958.

He spent 27 seasons as a minor league manager between 1949-1976, compiling a record of 1,993-1,927. He starting managing for independent teams in 1949, then moved to the New York Giants organization (1954-1962), Cincinnati Reds (1963-1966), Cleveland Indians (1967-1969), Pittsburgh Pirates (1970-1972), and back to the Indians (1973-1976).

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1949 Greenville Majors Big State League 66-82 6th none
1950 Corpus Christi Aces Rio Grande Valley League 79-64 3rd none League Champs
1951 Corpus Christi Aces Gulf Coast League 98-56 1st none Lost League Finals
1952 Paris Indians Big State League 79-68 5th none
1953 Paris Indians Big State League 48-96 8th none
1954 Mayfield Clothiers KITTY League 64-52 4th New York Giants
1955 Dallas Eagles Texas League 93-67 1st New York Giants Lost in 1st round
1956 Dallas Eagles Texas League 94-60 2nd New York Giants Lost League Finals
1957 Minneapolis Millers American Association 85-69 3rd New York Giants Lost in 1st round
1958 Phoenix Giants Pacific Coast League 89-65 1st San Francisco Giants none League Champs
1959 Phoenix Giants Pacific Coast League 64-90 8th San Francisco Giants none
1960 Tacoma Giants Pacific Coast League 81-73 2nd San Francisco Giants none
1961 Tacoma Giants Pacific Coast League 97-57 1st San Francisco Giants none League Champs
1962 Tacoma Giants Pacific Coast League 81-73 2nd San Francisco Giants none
1963 Rocky Mount Leafs Carolina League 72-72 6th Cincinnati Reds
1964 Macon Peaches Southern League 75-65 3rd Cincinnati Reds none
1965 Knoxville Smokies Southern League 73-66 4th Cincinnati Reds none
1966 Buffalo Bisons International League 72-74 5th Cincinnati Reds
1967 Pawtucket Indians Eastern League 67-71 7th Cleveland Indians
1968 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 72-72 7th Cleveland Indians
1969 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 57-89 8th Cleveland Indians
1970 Waterbury Pirates Eastern League 79-62 1st Pittsburgh Pirates none League Champs
1971 Waterbury Pirates Eastern League 68-70 5th Pittsburgh Pirates
1972 Charleston Charlies International League 80-64 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates Lost in 1st round
1974 Oklahoma City 89ers American Association 62-73 6th Cleveland Indians
1975 Oklahoma City 89ers American Association 50-86 8th Cleveland Indians
1976 Williamsport Tomahawks Eastern League 48-91 8th Cleveland Indians

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