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Spud Davis

Virgil Lawrence Davis

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 197 lb.

Born: December 20, 1904 in Birmingham, AL
High School: Gulf Coast Military Academy (Gulfport, MS) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 30, 1928 (Age 23.132, 5,854th in MLB history)   vs. CIN 2 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1928 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Phillies/Cardinals/Pirates/Reds 1928-1945

Last Game: September 5, 1945 (Age 40.259)   vs. BRO 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Died: August 14, 1984 in Birmingham, AL
Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL
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Career Home Runs

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

Spud Davis: 80 Career Home Runs

0 leading off, 1 walk-off, 2 tying, 4 go ahead, 68 lacking some details (For more accurate walk-off HR totals, see the Batting Event Finder)
4 Tms
PHI53
STL14
PIT10
CIN3
 
vs RHP64
vs LHP16
 
Home40
Away40
 
Leverage
High Lev2
Medium Lev1
Low Lev2
8 Opps
BSN18
CHC14
PIT11
PHI10
CIN8
STL7
NYG6
BRO6
55 Pitchers
Guy Bush4
Ben Cantwell4
Fred Frankhouse3
Ed Brandt3
Si Johnson3
Curt Davis3
Bob Osborn2
Larry Benton2
Red Lucas2
Lynn Nelson2
Orville Jorgens2
Charlie Root2
Paul Derringer2
Tex Carleton2
Boom-Boom Beck2
Sloppy Thurston2
Bill Walker2
Tony Freitas1
Ray Starr1
Bill Sherdel1
8 Parks
Baker Bowl37
Sprtsmn3/Busch10
Wrigley Fld10
Braves Fld7
Shibe Pk5
Forbes Fld5
Ebbets Fld4
Polo Grounds2
Where Hit
Unk77
72
91
General field locations
when available.
 
1 Inside the Park
 
Game Totals
1·HR gms66
2·HR gms5
4·HR gms1
Gms w/ this # = 0
are not shown.
 
OrderPos
8th29
7th16
6th16
5th11
Unk6
4th1
9th1
Outs
Unk69
16
24
01
 
DefPos
C76
PH4
Bases
---78
12-1
--31
 
132 RBI
RISP2
0 on45
1 on20
2 on13
3 on2
Any on35
Inning
13
212
35
412
59
69
711
87
910
Extra2
 
1-320
4-630
7-end30
RelScore
+4..1
+21
Tied4
-11
-21
-31
-4..3
Unk68
 
Ahead2
Tied4
Behind6
Unk68
Before event,
for batter

Play By Play

View Pitches · WE and WPA Explanation
1928 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1928-06-08 PHI CHC Sheriff Blake b 8 --- 3 8 2
2 2 2 1 1928-08-07 PHI CHC Hal Carlson b 5 --- 2 8 2
3 3 3 1 1928-09-20 PHI PIT Carmen Hill b 4 --- 2 8 2
1929 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
4 4 1 1 1929-04-30 PHI BSN Art Delaney b 9 --- 1 PH
5 5 2 1 1929-05-22 (2) PHI @ BSN Johnny Wertz t 7 --- 1 8 2
6 6 3 1 1929-05-28 PHI BSN Percy Jones b 1 --- 2 8 2
7 7 4 1 1929-06-15 PHI @ CHC Guy Bush t 6 --- 4 8 2
8 8 5 1 1929-08-26 PHI STL Hal Haid b 8 --- 3 8 PH
9 9 6 1 1929-09-29 PHI @ NYG Bill Walker t 7 --- 1 8 2
10 10 7 1 1929-10-05 (2) PHI NYG Bill Walker b 3 --- 1 8 2
1930 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
11 11 1 1 1930-04-26 (1) PHI NYG Larry Benton behind 1-13 b 9 --- 1 8 2
12 12 2 1 1930-05-13 PHI @ PIT Jesse Petty t 2 --- 1 8 2
13 13 3 1 1930-05-24 PHI NYG Hub Pruett b 7 --- 1 8 2
14 14 4 1 1930-05-30 (2) PHI @ BRO Ray Phelps t 5 --- 2 8 2
15 15 5 1 1930-06-20 PHI @ STL Al Grabowski t 4 --- 1 8 2
16 16 6 1 1930-06-23 PHI @ CHC Guy Bush behind 0-4 t 2 1 --- 3 8 2
17 17 7 2 1930-06-23 PHI @ CHC Guy Bush behind 5-10 t 6 2 --- 2 8 2
18 18 8 1 1930-06-25 PHI @ CHC Lynn Nelson tied 4-4 t 5 1 --- 3 8 2
19 19 9 1 1930-07-11 PHI CIN Red Lucas b 7 --- 1 8 2
20 20 10 1 1930-08-03 (2) PHI @ BSN Fred Frankhouse t 9 --- 1 8 2
21 21 11 1 1930-08-19 (1) PHI @ CHC Lynn Nelson behind 1-4 t 2 2 --- 1 8 2
22 22 12 2 1930-08-19 (1) PHI @ CHC Bob Osborn tied 7-7 t 7 1 --- 3 8 2
23 23 13 1 1930-08-29 PHI BSN Ben Cantwell b 2 --- 2 8 2
24 24 14 1 1930-09-06 PHI @ BRO Dolf Luque t 2 --- 3 7 2
1931 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
25 25 1 1 1931-06-26 PHI PIT Bob Osborn b 8 --- 2 5 2
26 26 2 1 1931-06-27 (2) PHI PIT Larry French b 6 --- 1 5 2
27 27 3 1 1931-07-14 (2) PHI @ PIT Glenn Spencer t 7 --- 3 7 2 IPHR
28 28 4 1 1931-09-05 (1) PHI BSN Bill Sherdel b 1 --- 3 6 2
1932 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
29 29 1 1 1932-05-02 PHI BSN Ed Brandt b 4 --- 2 7 2
30 30 2 1 1932-05-15 PHI @ CHC Lon Warneke t 8 --- 1 8 2
31 31 3 1 1932-06-09 PHI PIT Steve Swetonic b 5 --- 1 8 2
32 32 4 1 1932-06-11 (2) PHI CIN Larry Benton b 9 --- 2 8 2
33 33 5 1 1932-06-18 (2) PHI STL Paul Derringer b 6 --- 1 7 2
34 34 6 1 1932-06-22 PHI CHC Burleigh Grimes b 3 --- 2 7 2
35 35 7 1 1932-07-02 PHI @ BRO Watty Clark t 7 1 --- 1 7 2
36 36 8 1 1932-07-12 PHI @ STL Tex Carleton t 1 --- 2 7 2
37 37 9 1 1932-07-22 PHI BRO Sloppy Thurston b 2 --- 1 7 2
38 38 10 2 1932-07-22 PHI BRO Sloppy Thurston b 3 --- 2 7 2
39 39 11 1 1932-07-28 PHI CIN Si Johnson b 3 --- 1 7 2
40 40 12 1 1932-07-29 PHI CIN Benny Frey b 7 --- 1 7 2
41 41 13 1 1932-08-01 PHI PIT Heinie Meine b 4 --- 3 7 2
42 42 14 1 1932-08-12 PHI BSN Socks Seibold b 4 --- 1 7 2
1933 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
43 43 1 1 1933-04-25 PHI BSN Fred Frankhouse b 3 --- 2 6 2
44 44 2 1 1933-05-10 (1) PHI CIN Red Lucas b 5 --- 1 5 2
45 45 3 1 1933-05-13 (2) PHI CHC Guy Bush b 5 --- 4 4 2
46 46 4 1 1933-06-17 (2) PHI BSN Ray Starr b 2 --- 1 7 2
47 47 5 1 1933-08-06 (1) PHI @ BSN Ed Brandt t 2 --- 1 6 2
48 48 6 1 1933-08-28 (1) PHI PIT Leon Chagnon b 9 --- 1 5 2
49 49 7 1 1933-09-23 (1) PHI BSN Fred Frankhouse b 4 --- 1 5 2
50 50 8 1 1933-09-30 PHI @ BSN Ben Cantwell t 4 --- 1 5 2
51 51 9 2 1933-09-30 PHI @ BSN Ben Cantwell t 10 --- 1 5 2
1934 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
52 52 1 1 1934-04-26 STL @ PIT Ralph Birkofer t 7 --- 3 6 2
53 53 2 1 1934-04-30 STL CIN Paul Derringer b 4 --- 1 6 2
54 54 3 1 1934-05-17 STL @ BSN Huck Betts t 7 --- 1 6 2
55 55 4 1 1934-06-15 STL BSN Ed Brandt b 4 --- 1 6 2
56 56 5 1 1934-07-07 STL CIN Tony Freitas b 6 --- 1 6 2
57 57 6 1 1934-07-12 (2) STL @ PHI Curt Davis t 8 --- 1 6 2
58 58 7 1 1934-07-29 STL @ PIT Ed Holley t 2 --- 2 6 2
59 59 8 1 1934-08-23 STL NYG Carl Hubbell b 4 --- 1 6 2
60 60 9 1 1934-09-09 (2) STL @ PHI Syl Johnson t 8 --- 2 6 2
1935 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
61 61 1 1 1935-09-11 STL PHI Orville Jorgens b 2 --- 2 6 2
1936 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
62 62 1 1 1936-05-04 STL BSN Ray Benge b 5 --- 1 6 2
63 63 2 1 1936-06-25 (2) STL @ PHI Orville Jorgens t 6 --- 3 7 2
64 64 3 1 1936-07-26 (2) STL @ BSN Ben Cantwell t 7 --- 2 6 2
65 65 4 1 1936-08-05 STL @ CHC Tex Carleton t 5 --- 1 6 2
1937 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
66 66 1 1 1937-06-12 CIN @ NYG Hal Schumacher t 8 --- 2 5 2
67 67 2 1 1937-07-09 CIN @ STL Mike Ryba t 9 --- 2 PH
68 68 3 1 1937-07-25 (2) CIN @ PHI Wayne LaMaster t 6 --- 1 5 2
1938 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
69 69 1 1 1938-06-19 (1) PHI PIT Jim Tobin b 4 --- 1 5 2
70 70 2 1 1938-06-25 PHI CIN Joe Cascarella tied 6-6 b 12 --- 1 8 2 Walk-Off
1940 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
71 71 1 1 1940-04-16 PIT @ STL Curt Davis t 4 --- 1 2
72 72 2 1 1940-05-10 PIT @ CHC Charlie Root t 6 --- 3 2
73 73 3 2 1940-05-10 PIT @ CHC Charlie Root tied 3-3 t 6 1 12- 3 7 2 0.308 86% Home Run; Fletcher Scores; Handley Scores
74 74 4 1 1940-06-23 (2) PIT @ BRO Curt Davis behind 3-4 t 9 2 --- 1 8 2 0.355 39% Home Run
75 75 5 1 1940-06-26 (2) PIT @ PHI Boom-Boom Beck t 2 --- 1 2
76 76 6 2 1940-06-26 (2) PIT @ PHI Boom-Boom Beck ahead 4-2 t 2 0 --- 1 8 2 0.083 79% Home Run
77 77 7 3 1940-06-26 (2) PIT @ PHI Si Johnson t 9 --- 1 2
78 78 8 4 1940-06-26 (2) PIT @ PHI Si Johnson ahead 10-6 t 9 1 --- 1 8 2 0.008 99% Home Run
1944 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
79 79 1 1 1944-06-25 (2) PIT STL Ted Wilks behind 3-5 b 9 2 --3 2 9 PH 0.488 53% Home Run; Lopez Scores
80 80 2 1 1944-10-01 (2) PIT @ PHI Dick Barrett t 5 --- 1 5 2

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

Much of the data on Baseball-Reference.com's Home Run Logs comes from the Tattersall/McConnell Home Run Log, a database of all homers hit in the major leagues since 1876. This project was begun in the 1940's by John C. Tattersall and was continued after Tattersall's death in 1981 by Bob McConnell, one of SABR's original 16 members. David Vincent, another SABR member, has since assumed the leadership of the project. Baseball-Reference.com has licensed this remarkable database from the Society for American Baseball Research. All credit for the data therein goes to the intrepid researchers who digitized this data from archival sources.

For years from 1914 to 2015, RetroSheet play-by-play data has been used whenever the home run occurred in a game for which we have complete play-by-play data.

There are a handful of cases where the home run logs totals do not agree with the totals on our player pages. We are working to reconcile all of those differences, but believe that in all cases the Home Run Encyclopedia is correct.