Thursday, August 31, 2006

August 31st, 2001

Crash Davis Dies

I'm usually loath to make something amusing out of someone's death, but this one is just too good to pass up. And yes, that's right, "Crash" Davis, just like the Kevin Costner character in Bull Durham. While that Crash Davis was the all-time minor league home run leader, but had just a cup of coffee in "the show," this one spent parts of three different seasons.

To be fair, real Davis saw the majority of his time--eighty-six of a career one hundred and forty-eight--in 1942 when the war was already beginning to take players away. Real Davis also wasn't much a hitter, managing only a lifetime .230 average and a measly .279 slugging percentage. I don't know if Ron Shelton (Bull Durham's writer/director, and himself a former minor league player) had this Davis in mind when he named his character--seems like too much of a coincidence for it to be otherwise--it provides a measure of immortality that might otherwise be lacking.

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