Gladys Davis (baseball)

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Gladys Davis
Gladys Davis (baseball).jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Shortstop / Outfield / Second base
Born: (1919-09-01) September 1, 1919 (age 94)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Star Team (1943)
  • Championship team (1944)
  • Champion bat (1943)
  • Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (1998)

Gladys Davis [״Terrie״] (born September 1, 1919) is a former Canadian shortstop and outfielder who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League between the 1943 and 1946 seasons. Listed at 5' 5", 130 lb., Davis batted and threw right handed. She was born in Toronto, Ontario.[1][2]

Terrie Davis was one of the 57 players born in Canada to join the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in its twelve years history. She was among the top players in the early years of the circuit, winning the first batting champion title in 1943, being selected to the first All-Star Game, and as a member of the champion team in 1944. Noted for her enthusiastic and great knowledge of the game, she excelled defensively at shortstop, second base and all three outfield positions. Basically a line-drive hitter, she had a compact swing and tremendous plate discipline, collecting a significant .336 on-base percentage and a 2.05 walk-to-strikeout ratio (113-to-55) in a span of three years.[3][4][5]

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League operated from 1943 through 1954 and started with four teams: the Racine Belles and the Kenosha Comets, both from Wisconsin; the Rockford Peaches from Illinois, and the South Bend Blue Sox from Indiana. League play officially began on May 30, 1943 with the teams Kenosha Comets, Racine Belles, Rockford Peaches and South Bend Blue Sox. Each team was made up of fifteen girls.[4]

Davis joined the Rockford team to become one of the sixty original founding members of the league. Her hitting was good enough to win the batting title win a .331 average in 102 games. She also led the league in total bases (155), finished second in hits (116), four behind South Bend's Betsy Jochum, and ranked third in home runs (4), runs batted in (58) and runs scored (78), while tying for second in triples (10). During the midseason took effect the first All-Star Game of the league, which coincidentally became the first night game ever played at Wrigley Field (July 1, 1943). The contest was played under temporary lights between two teams composed of Belles and Comets players against Blue Sox and Peaches players. At the end of the season, she was selected to the All-Star Team.[6][7]

By 1944 the AAGPBL added two teams, the Milwaukee Chicks and the Minneapolis Millerettes. Davis divided her playing time between Rockford and Milwaukee, hitting a combined .246 average with 42 runs and 34 RBI in 80 games. The Chicks then went on to win the Championship Title, beating Kenosha in the best-of-seven series behind a strong pitching effort by Connie Wisniewski, who went 4-1 with a 0.40 ERA in five complete games, while Davis led the team with a .333 average (9-for-27), three runs, three RBI, and eight stolen bases.[4][6]

Davis was married and had a child before joining the league. She missed the 1945 season and returned with the expansion Muskegon Lassies during the 1946 midseason. She dropped to .202 in 58 games, driving in 31 runs while scoring 22 times, during what turned out to be her AAGPBL final season.[4][6]

After retiring, Davis focused on her family and interior designing business in Toronto. In 1998, she was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. She is also part of the AAGPBL permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Cooperstown, New York, opened in 1988, which is dedicated to the entire league rather than any individual personalities.[4][8]

Career statistics[edit]

Batting

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
240 819 142 223 19 11 5 123 137 113 55 .272 .336 .341

Fielding

GP PO A E TC DP FA
117 353 492 115 960 29 .880

[6]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League website – Gladys Davis entry
  2. ^ The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: A Biographical Dictionary – W. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2005. Format: Paperback, 295 pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-3747-2
  3. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Roster
  4. ^ a b c d e "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League History". 
  5. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book – W. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2000. Format: Paperback, 294pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-3747-2
  6. ^ a b c d All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book
  7. ^ ESPN Page 2 – Reel Life: A League of Their Own - Article by Jeff Merron
  8. ^ Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Inductees