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July 7, 1989 | BOB OATES
Of the 32 candidates considered for National Football League commissioner, Willie Davis, a Los Angeles businessman, was one of the six finalists, members of the search committee said here Thursday. Davis is a Hall of Famer who played in the first two Super Bowls as a defensive end for the Green Bay Packers. A beer distributor in Los Angeles, he also owns five radio stations around the country.
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December 21, 2011 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A San Bernardino County man accused in the beating death of his pregnant girlfriend was arrested after a post appeared on his Facebook page implying that her death was an accident. Willie Davis Hines Jr., 23, was booked into the San Bernardino County Central Detention Center on two counts of murder in connection with the death of Tatjana Cruz, 24, and the fetus she was carrying, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday. He was being held without bail. Hines allegedly beat Cruz after a dispute, authorities said.
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May 24, 1994 | Times staff writer David W. Myers catches up with former Dodgers and Angels
Davis made his debut with the Dodgers in 1960 and remained the club's starting center fielder for the next 13 years. Nicknamed "Three Dog" because he wore No. 3 and was "fast as a greyhound," he helped the team to three National League pennants and two World Series championships. He holds six of the Los Angeles franchise's 15 major batting records, including hits, 2,091, and total bases, 3,094. Davis, 54, still lives in the Los Angeles area.
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May 6, 2011 | Ben Bolch
Pick a renowned slugger from the 1960s and chances are Willie Davis tried to emulate him. Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Willie McCovey ... the list goes on. Davis even implemented a style that was a cross between the long-retired Mel Ott and Japanese home-run king Sadaharu Oh. The late Dodgers center fielder could imitate them perfectly, former teammate Wes Parker recalled -- until the pitch came. "And then he was Willie Davis," Parker said Thursday. Davis, whose greatest asset was speed, not power, found a winning formula late in the 1969 season after duplicating the mechanics of Matty Alou, a diminutive spray hitter from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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February 9, 1987
It took 25 years, but the 1962 Dodgers finally have gotten even with the 1962 San Francisco Giants. Willie Davis slugged a three-run homer in the third inning to lead the Dodgers to a 5-2 victory over the Giants in a six-inning exhibition game Sunday at Phoenix. In 1962, San Francisco beat Los Angeles in a three-game playoff for the National League pennant by scoring four runs in the ninth inning of Game 3 for a 6-4 victory.
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March 16, 1990 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Tom Bradley on Thursday appointed broadcaster, businessman and former football great Willie Davis to head a task force to look for a new professional football team for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, if the Raiders deal with Oakland is signed. Bradley, appearing at a news conference after meeting with his Committee to Support Professional Football, said he believes that Oakland should hold a referendum on its $660-million offer to the Raiders.
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January 13, 1988 | CHRIS ELLO
Willie Davis of Morse High School has been a good basketball player for a long time, but he hasn't always looked the part, according to his coach. Before this season, Ron Davis, Morse's coach, needed a player who could take control of a team that returned only two starters from last year's section 3-A championship squad. Ron Davis was looking for Willie Davis, but what he saw was a talented young man with curly black hair down to his shoulders.
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March 22, 1996 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Willie Davis checked himself into a board-and-care facility in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon. After spending two nights on the street with friends near his mother's house in Gardena, the former Dodger said he decided to make more of his life. "I was sitting by myself last night and looking at the people [in my neighborhood] that I try to help and I said that these people are wasting [my help]," he said. "They get devious and all, but they are still good people.
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May 6, 2011 | Ben Bolch
Pick a renowned slugger from the 1960s and chances are Willie Davis tried to emulate him. Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Willie McCovey ... the list goes on. Davis even implemented a style that was a cross between the long-retired Mel Ott and Japanese home-run king Sadaharu Oh. The late Dodgers center fielder could imitate them perfectly, former teammate Wes Parker recalled -- until the pitch came. "And then he was Willie Davis," Parker said Thursday. Davis, whose greatest asset was speed, not power, found a winning formula late in the 1969 season after duplicating the mechanics of Matty Alou, a diminutive spray hitter from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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January 9, 1988 | CHRIS ELLO
The Morse High School boys' basketball team was greeted by a raucous, standing-room-only crowd that had started warming its vocal cords 45 minutes before tipoff Friday night at Lincoln. The Lincoln faithful were waiting for Morse, the defending 3-A champion. But Morse guard Willie Davis was waiting for them, too. Davis made a three-point jumper on his first shot of the game to quiet the crowd and help Morse get off to a fast start.
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May 6, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from New York Facing a pack of fawning reporters in front of his locker, Andre Ethier received a series of compliments disguised as questions. He offered his thoughts on his hitting streak, which on Friday reached 30 games, one short of Willie Davis' all-time franchise record. But the rest of the clubhouse was silent. The Dodgers lost again, this time 6-3 to the New York Mets at Citi Field. They also lost closer Jonathan Broxton, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised elbow.
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March 10, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Willie Davis was not the best player ever to wear a Dodgers uniform, but he ranked among the most exciting. … Nobody darted from first base to third faster than Davis. … The greatest center fielder in Los Angeles Dodgers history, the captivating "Three Dog" was a three-sport star at Roosevelt High, where he was an All-City pick in basketball and baseball, once ran the 100-yard dash in 9.5 seconds and won the 1958 City long jump title with a leap of 25 feet 5 inches, which would have been a national record had it not been wind-aided.
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March 30, 1996
The March 22 story about Willie Davis illustrates why many sportswriters are held in low esteem. Davis is described as a "former Dodger," as if that's the only team he played for. And the final sentence of the story: "He also said--when asked--that he has not heard from the Dodgers." Why on earth should he hear? Do they owe him anything? Was he asked whether he had heard from any of his other former employers. Ask all the questions, including: Doesn't Mr. Davis have a nice pension from baseball?
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March 22, 1996 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Willie Davis checked himself into a board-and-care facility in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon. After spending two nights on the street with friends near his mother's house in Gardena, the former Dodger said he decided to make more of his life. "I was sitting by myself last night and looking at the people [in my neighborhood] that I try to help and I said that these people are wasting [my help]," he said. "They get devious and all, but they are still good people.
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March 20, 1996 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not far from Dodger Stadium, but in a world that isn't even close, Willie Davis strode out of the Men's Central Jail on Tuesday. After spending five nights in a cell next to Lyle Menendez, Davis was released when his mother and the L.A. County district attorney's office declined to press charges in a bizarre domestic violence case. "What's going on, guys?" the former Dodger outfielder said happily when he spotted a family member and friend there to pick him up.
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March 16, 1996 | NORA ZAMICHOW and ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
He was, in his prime, a dazzling player, loping effortlessly across center field in Dodger Stadium, taking the extra base with long strides, talking about it with a deep, nonchalant voice that reflected his casual physical grace. Willie Davis, one of the stars of the Dodgers' mid-1960s dynasty, made everything look easy. But as many athletes learn upon retiring, real life is not like that, and by Friday real life had hit its nadir.
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February 28, 1988
With 30 seconds left in overtime and the score tied, Morse High Coach Ron Davis made his instructions clear and direct: Lay up or pack up. There was no way he was going to allow momentum-carrying Poway another chance. About 24 seconds latter, Morse guard Willie Davis made his drive to the heart of the key. There was a crowd of Poway and Morse players clogging the middle.
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May 6, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from New York Facing a pack of fawning reporters in front of his locker, Andre Ethier received a series of compliments disguised as questions. He offered his thoughts on his hitting streak, which on Friday reached 30 games, one short of Willie Davis' all-time franchise record. But the rest of the clubhouse was silent. The Dodgers lost again, this time 6-3 to the New York Mets at Citi Field. They also lost closer Jonathan Broxton, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised elbow.
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October 18, 1994 | From Associated Press
Even battered and bruised, Joe Montana is still the best. Montana threw his third touchdown pass of the game, a five-yarder to Willie Davis with eight seconds left, lifting the Kansas City Chiefs to a 31-28 victory over the Denver Broncos on Monday night.
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May 24, 1994 | Times staff writer David W. Myers catches up with former Dodgers and Angels
Davis made his debut with the Dodgers in 1960 and remained the club's starting center fielder for the next 13 years. Nicknamed "Three Dog" because he wore No. 3 and was "fast as a greyhound," he helped the team to three National League pennants and two World Series championships. He holds six of the Los Angeles franchise's 15 major batting records, including hits, 2,091, and total bases, 3,094. Davis, 54, still lives in the Los Angeles area.
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