February 1, 2008 |
So influential was Jackie Robinson that a single phone call from him to Tommy Davis changed the course of Davis' life. Davis, who won batting titles with the Dodgers in 1962 and '63, was among the guest speakers Thursday at the club's first Jackie Robinson Legacy Day, which fell on what would've been the late Robinson's 89th birthday and the eve of Black History Month. Davis shared his stories about Robinson at Dodger Stadium with more than 200 local elementary and middle school students.
April 16, 2005 |
Jackie Robinson did more for the Dodgers than what appears in the record books. He was also responsible for persuading Tommy Davis to sign with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956. Davis went on to become the lone L.A. Dodger to win a National League batting title. He won it in 1962 and '63.
June 16, 2002 |
The romantic aura of an emptied baseball stadium is a tender memory. Sitting next to my dad, I was never in a hurry to leave. We waited out traffic in many of them, at Dodger Stadium, the L.A. Coliseum, in our hometown park in Ontario. We would watch as the players left the field, as the crowds crammed the tunnels and stairs. I could feel the lights as they shined on the green grass and absorbed into the red dirt.
October 31, 2000 |
Convicted kidnapper Tommy Davis, whose release was opposed by Gov. Gray Davis, walked out of San Quentin Prison on parole Monday after a victory in his long-running battle with state authorities. "I'm home!" the new parolee shouted as he arrived at his father's Vallejo home across San Francisco Bay from San Quentin, his lawyer reported. "It's great to be free."
October 12, 2000 |
State parole officials on Wednesday overrode objections by Gov. Gray Davis and upheld the scheduled Dec. 23 release of convicted life-term kidnapper Tommy Davis. Commissioners of the state Board of Prison Terms balked, however, at letting the 34-year-old convict walk free immediately, as demanded by his attorney. But the action by board members, who are gubernatorial appointees, went down badly with the governor, who had urged that the convict be denied parole.
July 31, 1995 |
On the basketball blacktops, Tommie Davis has what they call "handles." It means Davis can dribble the ball like he's got a grip on it. Davis, a point guard from Crenshaw High, was at the U.S. Olympic Festival to get a new grip on his basketball career. Not that it was going poorly. After leading Crenshaw to CIF and State titles in 1993, Davis accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Houston last year. At Houston, he started two-thirds of the games as a freshman.