Vic Davalillo

Baseball Player
Born Jul 31, 1936

Víctor José Davalillo Romero [da-va-LEE-yo da-va-LEE-yo], is a Venezuelan former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians, California Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. Davalillo batted and threw left-handed. Davalillo was a leadoff hitter known for his speedy baserunning and capable defensive ability.… Read More

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1936 Birth Born on July 31, 1936.


1953 16 Years Old His older brother, Pompeyo Davalillo played briefly for the Washington Senators in 1953. … Read More


1961 24 Years Old He was sold to the Indians organisation in 1961 where he quickly moved up the ladder to their Triple-A club in Jacksonville. … Read More
1963 26 Years Old Davalillo became the eighth Venezuelan to play in Major League Baseball when he joined the Indians in 1963 as their leadoff hitter and center fielder. … Read More


1967 30 Years Old In 1967, he hit for a .302 average against right handed pitchers but, only managed a .188 average against left handers, for a .287 average overall. … Read More
In January, Davalillo suffered a nervous breakdown while he was in Venezuela to play in the Venezuelan Winter League. He began the 1969 season hitting for only a .155 average in 33 games and on May 30, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Jim Hicks.
1970 33 Years Old One of the previous National League record holders was also his manager in 1970: Red Schoendienst. … Read More
1971 34 Years Old The Pirates went on to defeat the San Francisco Giants in the 1971 National League Championship Series before winning the 1971 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles.
1972 35 Years Old In 1972, he continued to be a valuable role player, hitting for a career-high .318 batting average in 117 games, helping the Pirates win the Eastern Division pennant, before they lost to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1972 National League Championship Series. … Read More
1973 36 Years Old The Athletics eventually won the American League West Division and faced the Baltimore Orioles in the 1973 American League Championship Series. … Read More


1977 40 Years Old 1 More Event
As a pinch hitter and a defensive substitute, he posted a .313 batting average in 24 games for the Dodgers in 1977, helping them win the National League West Division crown.
1978 41 Years Old At the age of 41 in 1978, Davalillo hit for a .312 average as a pinch hitter for the Dodgers as they once again claimed the National League pennant before, losing to the New York Yankees for a second consecutive year in the 1978 World Series. … Read More
1980 43 Years Old For the last four seasons of his career, he was the oldest player in the National League until retiring at the end of the 1980 season at the age of 43. … Read More


2003 66 Years Old In 2003, Davalillo was selected in the inaugural class of the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. … Read More
2006 69 Years Old Although many baseball references show Davalillo's birthplace as Cabimas, Venezuela, in 2006, he told a biographer that he was actually born in Churuguara, Falcón. … Read More
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