David W. Force
(Wee Davy or Tom Thumb)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 4", Weight 130 lb.
- High School St. Mary's Colgan (Pittsburg, KS)
- Debut May 5, 1871
- Final Game August 20, 1886
- Born July 27, 1849 in New York, NY USA
- Died June 21, 1918 in Englewood, NJ USA
"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 1879-1886 he was one of the oldest players in the league. In 1872 he was second in the National Association in batting and in 1873 he was sixth. 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.
He was the subject of the famous "Davy Force Case", a dispute involving two contracts signed by Force that eventually led indirectly to the demise of the National Association.
After baseball he worked for many years for the Otis Elevator Company.
- NA Singles Leader (1872)