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Piper Davis
Given Name: Lorenzo
Born: 1917

1B-2B-SS-MGR Negro Leagues 1943-50 Birmingham Black Barons
  • All-Star in 1946-48

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Although he never played in the white major leagues, Davis teamed with future major leaguer Artie Wilson to form one of the outstanding double play combinations in Negro League ball. He hit a team-leading .353 and led the Negro National League in RBI as player-manager of the 1948 Birmingham Black Barons, leading them to the World Series. At Birmingham from 1948 to 1950, he managed Willie Mays. In 1951 Davis became the first black signed by the Red Sox. An outstanding all-around athlete, he also played basketball for the Harlem Globetrotters. (BP)
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
May 13th, 1950: The Red Sox release Piper Davis, their first black minor leaguer. Davis hit .378 last season with the Birmingham Black Barons and was the leading hitter on the Scranton (Eastern L) team when the Sox released him.