A nephew of his contemporary, pitcher Marv Grissom, Davis was the best pitcher (11-7,
3.52) on the lowly 1954 Cubs. He never matched his freshman success.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 27, 1956: Thanks to a dropped 3rd strike by C Hobie Landrith, P Jim Davis of the Cubs fans four straight Cardinals in the 6th inning. Wally Moon leads off the inning with a double and then steals 3B. The knuckler then K's Hal Smith and Jackie Brandt. His 3rd strike on Lindy McDaniel eludes Landrith, and the pitcher reaches first while Moon scores. Don Blasingame then strikes out for the 4th strikeout in the inning. Not since Guy Morton, in 1916, has a pitcher fanned four in one inning. But the Cubs still lose, 11–9. The Cards pummel the Cubs in the 2nd game as well, winning 12–2.
»August 11, 1959: At Crosley Field, Joe Nuxhall fans four Braves in the 6th inning,—Mathews, Adcock, Crandall, and Logan—and 10 overall as the Reds win 4–3 to move into 2nd place. The 3rd strike to Crandall gets by catcher Dutch Dotterer, giving Nuxhall the chance for the four K's. Jim Davis, in 1956, was the last pitcher to K four in a frame.