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Storm Davis
Pitcher
Born: December 26, 1961 (1961-12-26) (age 48)
Dallas, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 29, 1982 for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
August 11, 1994 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Win-Loss     113-96
Earned run average     4.02
Strikeouts     1048
Teams
Career highlights and awards

George Earl "Storm" Davis (born December 26, 1961 in Dallas, Texas), is a former professional baseball player who pitched in the major leagues from 1982-1994.

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World Series experience

Davis was the winning pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles in Game Four of the 1983 World Series versus the Philadelphia Phillies. He was the losing pitcher for the Oakland Athletics in Games Two and Five of the 1988 World Series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 1989, he won a career-high 19 games for the A's during a season which the A's won 99 games, greater than any other team in Major League Baseball. After Davis (and reliever Rick Honeycutt) pitched in the only AL Championship Series game that the A's lost that year, Davis was originally scheduled to be the A's starting pitcher for Game Four of the 1989 World Series.[1]. When the Loma Prieta earthquake caused Game 3 to be delayed by ten days, Tony La Russa decided to re-use the winners of Games 1 and 2, Dave Stewart and Mike Moore, as the starting pitchers of Games 3 and 4; La Russa also penciled in Davis as the starting pitcher for Game 6, if necessary.[1] La Russa's strategy worked: both Stewart and Moore won their games, and Davis, publicly angry at La Russa for the change[1], became a free agent at the end of the season.[2]

Years later, Dave Stewart described Davis as the "best fifth starter [Stewart] had ever [seen]....[Davis] pitched 165-170 innings (actually 169), won 19 games (19-7) and spent some time doing a pretty good job out of the bullpen, too. Storm was the perfect fifth starter."[3] Stewart's high opinion of Davis' 1989 season is not shared by Sabermetrician Bill James, who cites Davis' 19-7 winning record as a canonical example of how a pitcher's won-lost record can be misleading.[4]

Personal life

According to his 1987 Topps baseball card, Davis' nickname was derived from a character in a book his mother was reading while she was pregnant. Another story traces his nickname to similarities with Jim Palmer, the Orioles' Cy Young Award-winning pitcher; he was a "Cy clone" or "Storm."[5]

Storm Davis' parents are also the adoptive parents of Glenn Davis[citation needed], also a former Major League player.

He moved into the role of baseball head coach at The Bolles School in August 2008 after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant on the Bolles baseball staff.

Davis' son Zachary plays football for the Liberty University Flames.[citation needed]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Davis Is Still Angered by Switch, an October 22, 1989 article from The New York Times
  2. ^ Storm Davis from baseball-reference.com
  3. ^ Storm Davis Stats from baseball-almanac.com
  4. ^ Bill James Answers All Your Baseball Questions, an April 2008 blog entry from the Freakonomics blog
  5. ^ http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Storm_Davis_1961
Preceded by
Bret Saberhagen
AL Comeback Player of the Year
1988
Succeeded by
Bert Blyleven
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