Former Los Angeles Dodgers player and the winner of three World Series titles, Tommy Davis died at 83, his daughter confirmed.
“Tommy Davis, a two-time National League batting champion who won three World Series titles with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has died. He was 83,” ABC News Tweeted.
On Monday, Tommy Davis’ baseball team announced his death news in a formal statement after confirming it with his family. As per his daughter’s statement, the former athlete breathed his last on Sunday while surrounded by his loved ones. However, the family did not disclose the death cause as of now.
Born in Brooklyn, Tommy Davis was passionate about sports since his childhood and he completed his early studies at Boys High School, which provided him with the opportunity to play basketball alongside Lenny Wilkens. He used to participate in the baseball team of his school as well.
In 1956 his life took a massive turn as he got a call from Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who influenced him to play for the Dodgers. He was signed for the final season with the Dodgers at that time.
During an interview in 2019, Davis said, “My mother wondered who was calling,” before he was asked to play at an international level. “I pointed to the receiver and mouthed the words, ‘It’s Jackie Robinson!’ I couldn’t believe I was speaking to one of my heroes, although I don’t remember doing much talking,” he added.
He was rewarded with a $4,000 bonus amount upon joining the team.
Davis won consecutive batting titles during his time with the Dodgers in the years 1962 and 1963. Later he earned his spot in the three Dodgers championship teams, which later helped him grab All-Star honors.
Apart from that, the National League batting champion has also served the Dodgers’ community relations department. The athlete is survived by his wife, Carol and children Carlyn, Herman Thomas, Lauren, Leslie, and 17 grandchildren.
The Dodgers team had a moment of silence on Monday before the Freeway Series game in the wake of their former player’s death.