Steel Arm Davis
|Walter "Steel Arm" Davis|
|Outfielder / Pitcher / Manager|
|Born: June 22, 1896|
Wortham, Texas, United States
|Died: November 30, 1941|
|1918, for the Waco Black Navigators|
|1938, for the San Antonio Black Missions|
|Negro league statistics|
Walter C. "Steel Arm" Davis (June 22, 1896 – November 30, 1941) was an American Negro league baseball player from 1920 to 1938. He played for the Dayton Marcos, Detroit Stars, Chicago American Giants, Nashville Elite Giants, Gilkerson's Union Giants and Brooklyn Eagles.
In the later years of his career, Davis worked as a playing manager for the Black Missions baseball team in San Antonio, Texas. The traveling team followed the same traditions of many other barnstorming baseball teams, playing as far away as Canada, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and North Dakota. The team also staged exhibitions with Grover Cleveland Alexander when he was with House of David baseball team during summer 1938.
Known to have a hot temper, Davis was shot and killed by "Red" Merrill after a 1941 barroom brawl in Chicago. Merrill was later captured by police.
- "Black Navs Play Senators Sunday and Monday." The Dallas Express, Dallas, Texas, Saturday, May 10, 1919, Page 5, Columns 4 and 5
- "Gilkersons' Union Giants Win Double Header at St. Ambrose" The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Davenport, IA, Monday Evening, July 26, 1926, Page 7, Column 1
- "Giants to Return Here" Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, July 19, 1931, Sunday, Sports Page 4, Column 4 to 6
- "BLACK MISSIONS PLAY GALVESTON", San Antonio Express, San Antonio, TX, August 21, 1938, Page 4B, Col 5]
- The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. Sterling Publishing. 2007. p. 1700. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3.
- Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI, December 17, 1941, Page 20, Column 3
- Negro league baseball statistics and player information from Seamheads.com, or Baseball-Reference (Negro leagues)
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