James Houston Davenport (born August 17, 1933 in Siluria, Alabama) is a former Major League Baseball infielder (mostly third base) who played his entire career with the San Francisco Giants (1958–1970). The right-handed batter and thrower attended The University of Southern Mississippi.
He played in one World Series in 1962, as the Giants lost to the New York Yankees. He also made his only All-Star team in 1962, batting .297 on the season.
Davenport was known for his fielding, winning a Gold Glove at 3B, also in 1962.
He had a career batting average of .258 with 77 home runs and 456 RBIs. He had 1142 career hits in 4427 at bats. He played in 1501 games in 13 years.
After being a coach for a number of years, Davenport was made the manager of the Giants in 1985, but was replaced before the end of the season by Roger Craig after accumulating a 56-88 record. The 1985 team went on to lose 100 games in the worst season in franchise history. He became a Philadelphia Phillies coach in 1987, before returning to the Giants as a first base coach in 1996.
In 2006, Davenport was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. He currently lives in San Mateo, CA and works in the Giants' front office.
- ^ a b c Bitker, Steve (2001). The Original San Francisco Giants: The Giants of '58. United States: Sports Publishing. p. 295. ISBN 1582613354.
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