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Lawrence Columbus Davis
Born: July 14, 1919 in Canon, Ga. 
Died: August 31, 2001
Debut: 1940 | Pos: 2B
Ht: 6′ | Wt: 173 | B: R | T: R

Yrs G AB R H HR RBI SB BA
3 148 444 43 102 2 43 2 .230

>> Visit the Crash Davis biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.


Crash Davis had a brief major league career, but his name will forever be linked with Kevin Costner’s character in “Bull Durham.”

Lawrence Columbus Davis earned the nickname Crash after running into the wall during a high school baseball game. He made it to the Major Leagues in 1940 with the Philadelphia Athletics.

In three seasons, he played in 148 games, hitting .230 with 2 home runs and 43 RBI. He also had two stolen bases.

Davis played from 1940-42 and joined the war effort from 1943-45. He did not return to play after his time in the service.