May 6, 2011 |
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.
March 10, 2010 |
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.
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?
March 22, 1996 |
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.
March 20, 1996 |
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 |
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.