RHP 1914-19 Reds, St. Louis FL, Browns
After ten games for the Reds in 1914, the 6'6" Davenport jumped to the Federal League.
In 1915 he won 22 for the St. Louis Feds, led the league in games pitched, innings
pitched, complete games, strikeouts, and shutouts, and pitched a no-hitter. When
the FL folded, he joined the Browns, where Manager Fielder Jones called him the best
pitching prospect he'd ever worked with. Although he had a couple of effective seasons
with the Browns, including a 17-17 year in 1917, Davenport was out of the ML by 1920,
the year his brother Claude pitched in one game for the Giants.
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» May 19, 1914: The Giants tip the Reds, 5–2, with Christy Mathewson unseating Dave Davenport. |
» July 31, 1915:
Dave Davenport of St. Louis (FL) splits a pair of 1–0 games in a doubleheader with Buffalo, winning the first and losing the 2nd. He gives up just five hits all afternoon, and just one in his losing effort, and becomes the only pitcher to be involved in two 1–0 decisions in one day.
» September 7, 1915: The St. Louis Terriers' Dave Davenport, strikeout leader of the FL, pitches a 3–0 no-hitter over the Whales, one of his 10 shutouts and 22 wins. St. Louis will play two more games than Chicago and split them, thus trailing the Whales at season's end by one percentage point. Chicago will be 86–66; St. Louis, 87–67, and the Pittsburgh Rebels, 86–67. A percentage difference of .004, it is the closest bunching of the top three teams in any ML race.
» September 10, 1915:
St. Louis (FL) pitcher Dave Davenport follows up his no-hitter with a 2-hitter, beating Newark, 3–0.
» July 6, 1966:
The Red Sox sweep a pair from the Yankees, with reliever Don McMahon picking up both wins. He pitches one 2/3 inning in the opener and another two innings in game 2. The only other pitcher to win a doubleheader from the Yankees was the Browns Dave Davenport in 1916, who threw two CG victories.