El Niño, Downtown Los Angeles 1966 - age 3.

El Niño, Downtown Los Angeles 1966 - age 3.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Willie Davis - Los Angeles Dodger great 1940-2010

photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Times

Willie Davis probably one of the greatest athletes to wear a Los Angeles Dodger uniform passed away on March 9th in Burbank at the age of 69. Willie, nick-named the “Three Dog” was a multi-talented gold glover winner and was part of those glorious championship teams of the 1960s along with Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Maury Wills. After graduating from Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles in 1958, Willie played for the Dodgers until 1973 and still holds a few Dodger records today including that illustrious 31 game hitting streak in 1969. Along with many great players from that era, Willie never made much money playing professional baseball, so after his playing days were over he made a few bad decisions from time to time which led to brushes with the law and erratic behavior. We have all made bad decisions in our lives, Willie just happened to get the spotlight as he was a former professional baseball player from Los Angeles.

Willie Davis was the first Dodger I can recall who made an impact on me from those early Dodger games we would attend in 1971, 1972 and 1973. Rest in Peace # 3 and I will always see you in center field at Dodger Stadium.

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