Unfortunately in the year 2021 there have been several deaths that have hit Major League Baseball hard. It seems like there have been more players pass away this year than ever before.
This time, it was the Philadelphia Phillies who were hit with the bad news. It was announced on May 30th that former Phillies outfielder Jacke Davis passed away. At the age of 22, Davis was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent out of Baylor University. After spending a few years playing in the Phillies farm system, he made his major league debut on April 19, 1962, against the Pittsburgh Pirates and went hitless in one at-bat. During the 1962 season, he batted .213 with nine runs, 16 hits, one triple, one home run, six RBIs, and one stolen base in 48 games.
On December 11, 1962, the Philadelphia Phillies traded Davis to the Los Angeles Angels for catcher Earl Averill, Jr. There were reportedly “contract difficulties” between the Angels and Davis, however, they worked it out and he agreed to terms on a contract in February. On March 29, 1963, the Angels traded Davis to the San Francisco Giants for first baseman Charlie Dees.
From that point forward, Davis played in the farm systems for the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Braves. His last season in Major League Baseball was in 1964.
In other Philadelphia Phillies news, Bryce Harper recently commented on how much he enjoys hearing the boos from fans at other stadiums. While Harper is considered a hero at home, fans in other stadiums love heckling him, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.