Steel Arm Davis

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Walter Davis

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 175 lb.

Steel Arm Davis began his baseball career with the 1923 Detroit Stars, hitting .338/.386/.500 and going 5-4 with a 4.77 ERA. Despite being used as a pitcher and backup outfielder, he was second on the club in OPS, behind only star Turkey Stearnes. Davis joined the Chicago American Giants the next year and became a full-time outfielder, hitting .274. After not appearing for two years, Davis hit .385 to lead Chicago's Negro National League pennant-winners in 1927; he was 4th in the NNL in average, tied for 4th with 18 doubles, tied for third with seven triples and fifth with 10 stolen bases. He then hit .361 in the Negro World Series.

In '28, Walter played first base and hit .353, just missing the NNL's top 5. He was suspended that year for punching an umpire and also suffered an ankle injury. He slipped to .270 in 1929 but bounced back to .345 in '30. Moving to the minor Chicago Columbia Giants in 1931, Davis rejoined the Chicago American Giants in '32 and batted .287. He tied for second in the Negro Southern League with five homers, tied for fourth with 7 doubles and was second with six triples. Moved to left field in 1933, Walter only hit .247, but was voted into the first East-West Game as the starting left fielder.

Steel Arm moved to the Nashville Elite Giants in '34 and Brooklyn Eagles in '35 before being killed in a barroom fight in Chicago's Indiana Inn that year.

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