Sad Day In Bay Area, All Of Baseball: Tony Phillips, Jim Davenport Both Died
Pitchers and catchers reported for Spring Training for most teams on Wednesday, but sunny anticipation turned to sadness almost immediately.
Tony Phillips, who played 18 seasons in the major league for seven different teams, including two stints with the Oakland A's, has died of an apparent heart attack, according to former A's teammate Dave Stewart. The news was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. Phillips was only 56.
Then we got the news that former San Francisco Giants Gold Glove-winning third baseman Jimmy Davenport has died at age 82. Davenport, who played for the Giants on their 1960s teams with Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda and Juan Marichal, played his entire 13-year career with San Francisco. But he was employed by the organization for 51 years -- including stints as coach, scout and director of player development.
San Jose Mercury News:
"Jimmy is as much a part of the Giants organization as me and Mays," McCovey told MLB.com in 2014. "We got all the publicity, but we all appreciated Jimmy. He looked up to guys like myself and Mays, but we looked up to him as much as he did us."
Davenport played 1,501 games for the Giants from 1958-70. The only men to play more games in a San Francisco uniform are McCovey (2,256), Mays (2,095) and Barry Bonds (1,976).
— Daniel Brown (@mercbrownie) February 19, 2016
Phillips played on the 1989 A's team the won the Bay Bridge World Series over the San Francisco Giants. It was the infamous earthquake series, which was postponed after two games due to the Loma Prieta Earthquake.
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