Vic Davalillo
Venezuelan baseball player
Vic Davalillo
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.
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Previo Pericos vs Diablos - Periódico Digital
Google News - over 5 years
Brilló Monteagudo con un gran relevo, y el bateo de Vic Davalillo, Jesús Sommers y Alfonso Jiménez. La pizarra final fue de 7-5 a favor de los visitantes. Enrique Romo niveló las acciones en el cuarto juego, con una joya de pitcheo, tirando juego
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Pittsburgh Pirates: Unsung '71 Champs Deserve Their Due - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Could you live with a line-up of Al Oliver, Jackie Hernandez, Bill Mazeroski and Jose Pagan in the infield, Gene Clines, Vic Davalillo and Richie Zisk in the outfield and Milt May behind the plate? No, that wasn't the 1971 Philadelphia Phillies
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Sights and sounds of 1971 - Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Oliver, Hebner, Vic Davalillo, Gene Alley. Milt May. Not quite the same as Brandon Wood, Matt Diaz, Pedro Ciriaco, Dusty Brown and Xavier Paul. I think they had to drop Rennie Stennett from the post-season roster. * Announcers: No former player in the
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Perrotto: '71 Series team remains personal favorite - Beaver County Times
Google News - over 5 years
Twenty members are scheduled to attend: Gene Alley, Tony Bartirome, Blass, Dave Cash, Gene Clines, Vic Davalillo, Dave Giusti, Richie Hebner, Jackie Hernandez, Bob Johnson, Bruce Kison, Don Leppert, Milt May, Mazeroski, Al Oliver, Bob Robertson,
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This Date In Baseball - The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
1970 — Vic Davalillo of the St. Louis Cardinals got a pinch hit in the seventh inning — twice — in the same game. The Cardinals beat the Padres, 10-7. 1972 — Gene Alley's bases-loaded walk gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 1-0, 18-inning victory over
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1971 MLB Champion Pittsburgh Pirates to Appear at Memorabila Show - The Cardboard Connection
Google News - almost 6 years
... Bill Mazeroski, Dave Cash, Bob Robertson, Manny Sanguillen, Charlie Sands, Al Oliver and Vic Davalillo. Coaches Don Leppert and Bill Virdon, trainer Tony Bartirome and former Steelers quarterback Terry Hanratty also are scheduled to be there
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Second Basemen Joined By Time and Miscues
NYTimes - over 6 years
If Braves second baseman Brooks Conrad felt any apprehension each time a ball came his way last Sunday -- uh-oh, please don't hit it to me -- it was perfectly understandable, Mike Andrews said. And that sick-to-your-stomach feeling after each of Conrad's three errors, which contributed mightily to Atlanta's 3-2 loss to San Francisco in Game 3 of
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ANALYSIS; In the D.H., No Obvious Advantage
NYTimes - over 7 years
In the World Series, the rules may seem stacked against the National League. After all, home-field advantage is determined by the All-Star Game, which the American League seemingly never loses. And baseball's home fields come with different sets of rules because of the split over the designated hitter: the D.H. is used in World Series games at A.L.
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The Glory of Their Times Rests In Answers Like 'Joe Grzenda'
NYTimes - over 7 years
As he relaxed on a chair afterward, Michael Caragliano concluded that this was, in fact, his finest baseball moment. Even better than the afternoon in the schoolyard when he finally outlasted Mark Black flipping baseball cards in the fifth grade. Caragliano had won not just a baseball trivia contest, but the baseball trivia contest: the annual
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BASEBALL; A Debut to Remember, and One to Forget
NYTimes - almost 10 years
The pristine white uniform with the Old English ''D'' and No. 65 that Lino Urdaneta wore in his major league debut hangs in a closet in his home in Venezuela, just above his glove and spikes. The other souvenir from that day, Sept. 9, 2004, is a pitching line that trails him like exhaust fumes, a forgettable memento from what should have been an
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On Baseball; Can't Anybody Here Just Pitch a No-Hitter?
NYTimes - over 12 years
IT'S not as if the Mets have never seen a no-hitter. Sandy Koufax, Jim Bunning, Bob Moose, Bill Stoneman, Ed Halicki and Darryl Kile pitched no-hitters against them. It's not as if no one who played for the Mets ever pitched a no-hitter. Nolan Ryan pitched a record seven no-hitters after he left the Mets. Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, David Cone, Mike
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BASEBALL: Lessons of a Sibling Rivalry; Alfonzo Learned Game From a Competitor: His Brother
NYTimes - about 19 years
There are the rivalries that infect the heart, never to be repeated. If you loved the Brooklyn Dodgers then you hated the Giants. And here, if you cheer for Magallanes, then you despise Caracas. Edgardo Alfonzo, the Mets' rising star, is the third baseman for Magallanes, the team situated in this city, and for years, his older brother Edgar played
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TV SPORTS; Restraint, Eloquence and Some Insight From NBC
NYTimes - over 19 years
A moment of prayer now for any West Coast NBC executive who would have preferred showing ''Men Behaving Badly'' (in which Jamie dated a basketball player) and ''Jenny'' (in which Jenny flirted with a bridegroom) to Game 7 of the World Series on Sunday night. Thank you for your silence. Now, to our review. NBC distinguished its coverage by following
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Question Box
NYTimes - almost 27 years
LEAD: Bevo Francis the Pro Bevo Francis the Pro Q. Did Bevo Francis, the onetime small-college scoring machine, ever play in the National Basketball Association? A. Despite averaging 48.1 points as a freshman and 46.5 as a sophomore; despite scoring 116 points in a game against one school and 113 against another; despite leading his school team to
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Question Box
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: QUESTION: The most famous triple play in World Series history was the unassisted one executed by Bill Wambsganss for Cleveland in 1920. What other teams have managed triple plays in the Series and who were the players involved? QUESTION: The most famous triple play in World Series history was the unassisted one executed by Bill Wambsganss for
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BASEBALL; ANDUJAR GETS 20TH AS CARDINALS WIN, 6-2
NYTimes - over 31 years
Joaquin Andujar became the first 20-game winner in the major leagues this season as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves tonight, 6-2. The triumph marked the second straight 20-victory season for Andujar, who has lost seven games. Last year, he was 20-14 and was the only National League pitcher to win 20. He is the first National League
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Vic Davalillo
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 69
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His family moved to Cabimas a few days after he was born where he grew up in Venezuela's oil producing region on the eastern shores of Lake Maracaibo.
  • 2003
    Age 66
    In 2003, Davalillo was selected in the inaugural class of the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1980
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Davalillo returned to play in the Mexican League well into his late 40s. In a sixteen-year major league career, Davalillo played in 1,458 games, accumulating 1,122 hits in 4,017 at bats for a .279 career batting average along with 36 home runs, 329 runs batted in, a .315 on-base percentage, 509 runs, 160 doubles, 37 triples, and 125 stolen bases. He finished his career with a .984 fielding percentage, ranking him 49th among major league center fielders since. Davalillo's record for pinch hits in a season was broken in by José Morales. He was a fan favorite during his years with the Indians, and became a valuable role player later in his career. Davalillo played in four World Series and was the first major league player to play for three different teams in the League Championship Series (Pittsburgh Pirates in -, Oakland Athletics in and the Los Angeles Dodgers in).
  • 1978
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Davalillo finished out his major league career as a utility player and pinch hitter for the Dodgers.
  • 1977
    Age 40
    Davalillo is remembered for his clutch, pinch hit performance against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 3 of the 1977 National League Championship Series.
    More Details Hide Details Trailing the Phillies 5–3 with 2 outs in the 9th inning, he spearheaded a 3-run rally, when he surprised the Phillies by executing a two-strike drag bunt and beating the throw to first base. Manny Mota drove Davalillo home with a double, then scored on a single by Davey Lopes to tie the game. The Dodgers eventually won the game and went on to win Game 4 to clinch the National League championship. In the 1977 World Series against the New York Yankees, Davalillo made three pinch hit appearances, driving home one run with a single as the Dodgers lost the series in six games.
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 36
    The Athletics eventually won the American League West Division and faced the Baltimore Orioles in the 1973 American League Championship Series.
    More Details Hide Details Davalillo had 5 hits in 8 at-bats for a .625 batting average during the championship series, including a crucial RBI triple in the deciding Game 5. The Athletics then went on to defeat the New York Mets in the 1973 World Series. After appearing in 17 games for the Athletics in the 1974 season, Davalillo was released on May 30. Afterwards, Davalillo played three seasons in the Mexican League where, he was a lifetime .300 hitter. Davalillo was the league's top hitter with a .384 batting average in, when he was called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers in August.
  • 1972
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In July 1973, the Pirates sold Davalillo to the Oakland Athletics who were in the midst of a pennant race with the Kansas City Royals.
  • 1971
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 1970
    Age 33
    One of the previous National League record holders was also his manager in 1970: Red Schoendienst.
    More Details Hide Details Davalillo ended the season with a .311 average and 33 runs batted in. The Cardinals traded Davalillo along with Nelson Briles to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Matty Alou and George Brunet in January. He continued in his role as a utility player, facing mostly right handed pitchers and playing all three outfield positions and as a first baseman. Davalillo ended the year with a .285 batting average, helping the Pirates clinch the National League Eastern Division title.
  • 1969
    Age 32
    He also made two appearances as a relief pitcher for the Cardinals in 1969 but failed to retire any batters.
    More Details Hide Details He is one of 14 pitchers in Major League history to have posted an infinite ERA, and the only one to have pitched in more than one game. Davalillo became a utility player and highly effective pinch hitter with the Cardinals in 1970. His 24 pinch hits in broke the National League single-season record for pinch hits at the time, and tied the Major League record set by Dave Philley in.
    In his first National League at bat on June 1, 1969, Davalillo hit a three-run home run.
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    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.
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  • 1967
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A detailed account of Davalillo's tenure with the Indians appears in the book "Portrait of a Franchise: An Intimate Look at Cleveland Indians Baseball During the Rockin' Sixties" by Doug Kurkul. Davalillo had dipped to a .239 average on June 15, 1968 when, the Indians traded him to the California Angels for former All-Star Jimmie Hall. He rebounded to lead the Angels with a .298 batting average after the trade, finishing the season with a .277 average overall, the sixth highest average in the American League. In an era dominated by pitching, Yastrzemski was the only player in the American League to hit for an average higher than .300 in.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1963
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details By mid-June, he was hitting for a .304 batting average and was receiving consideration for the American League Rookie of the Year Award when, he was hit by a pitch by Hank Aguirre and suffered a broken wrist. He returned from the injury to lead the Indians in hitting with a .292 along with a career-high 7 home runs in 90 games however, after the injury, he was never the same hitter against left handed pitching. In October, he was named to the Topps All-Star Rookie Team. The following season, Davalillo finished second in the league in fielding percentage among center fielders and was named as a recipient of the American League Gold Glove Award. In 1965, Davalillo led the league in batting at mid-season with a .345 batting average, earning him a place as the starting center fielder for the American League team in the 1965 All-Star Game. He ended the season with a .301 batting average, third-best in the American League behind Tony Oliva and Carl Yastrzemski, the only other players to break the .300 mark that year. Davalillo had an off year in 1966, and the Indians began to use him in a platoon role, playing him when they faced right handed pitchers.
  • 1961
    Age 24
    He was sold to the Indians organisation in 1961 where he quickly moved up the ladder to their Triple-A club in Jacksonville.
    More Details Hide Details Davalillo won the first batting title in the Jacksonville Suns history with a .346 batting average in 1962.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1953
    Age 16
    His older brother, Pompeyo Davalillo played briefly for the Washington Senators in 1953.
    More Details Hide Details Davalillo began his professional baseball career as a pitcher when he signed a contract as an amateur free agent with the Cincinnati Reds in.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Born
    Born on July 31, 1936.
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