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Friday, October 21, 2005
 
Number 218: Willie Davis.

So how does Willie Davis get on this list? He wasn't an exceptional hitter, it's true, but he is better than he was remembered for two reasons. One is his era and the other is his home park. Davis played in the 1960s and 1970s, the Second Deadball Era, and in Dodger Stadium when that park was one of the strongest pitchers' parks in baseball. His stats suffered for it.

Davis was also an excellent defensive player, adventures in the 1966 World Series aside. He ran down a lot of balls hit off Koufax and Drysdale to keep their ERAs pretty. He stole a lot of bases, hit a respectable number of home runs in a huge ballpark, and batted third most of the time on a winning team. Voters being what they are, the three time Davis won a Gold Glove were the three years he hit .300, in 1969-71.

Davis earned 136.72 ratings points.

Davis's stats: .279 average, 2561 hits, 418 steals.