Jacke Sylvesta Davis (born March 5, 1936, in Carthage, Texas), often misspelled "Jack" Davis, is a retired professional baseball outfielder who spent eight seasons in professional baseball, including part of a season in Major League Baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies. After his playing career was over, Davis became a coach at Carthage High School and later Panola College. Over his major league career, Davis batted .213 with nine runs, 16 hits, one triples, one home run, six runs batted in (RBI), and one stolen base in 48 games played. Davis played 26 games in the outfield, and spent the rest of his playing time pinch hitting.
For the majority of his career, Davis played in minor league baseball. He made his professional debut with the Class-B High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms in 1958. Davis then moved-up the organization, making stops at the Class-A Williamsport Grays (1959) and the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons (1960–1962) until he was called up to the major league Philadelphia Phillies in 1962. After playing his only season in the majors, Davis continued to play in the minors with the Triple-A Atlanta Crackers of the St. Louis Cardinals organization (1963); the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, this time affiliated with the New York Mets (1963); the Triple-A Tacoma Giants in the San Francisco Giants organization (1963); the Triple-A Denver Bears in the Milwaukee Braves organization (1964); and the Triple-A Oklahoma City 89ers, and the Double-A San Antonio Bullets in the Houston Colt .45s organization.
By Dean Hanley
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