Steel Arm Davis

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Walter "Steel Arm" Davis
Outfielder / Manager
Born: 1891 (1891)
Richard, Kentucky, United States
Died: December 7, 1941(1941-12-07) (aged 49–50)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Left Threw: Left
1920, for the Dayton Marcos
Last appearance
1938, for the San Antonio Black Missions
Negro league statistics
Batting average .328
Home runs 31
Runs scored 250

Walter C. "Steel Arm" Davis (1891 – December 7, 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[3] and Brooklyn Eagles.[5]

During the off-season, Davis often returned to his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, and worked as a porter for many of the local barber shops.[6]

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.[4]

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.[6]


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