State Tax Plan; Dodger Breaks Ankle, April 9, 1969

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Tommy Davis was a star with the Dodgers, a two-time National League batting champion. Then everything changed with one slide.

Davis was headed toward second in a 1965 game at Dodger Stadium, a
routine play that forever slowed his career. Davis broke his
ankle trying to slide into second and although he played again, the
batting champion became a well-traveled hitter with a promising past.

Davis said he "didn't know how it happened. I thought there was
going to be a play on me and I came up with a new kind of slide. When I
looked down, I thought my ankle was in right field."

He won consecutive batting titles by hitting .346 in 1962 and .326
in '63. But the Dodgers traded him to the Mets after the 1966 season.
By 1969, Davis was starting over again with the first-year Seattle
Pilots. The Times' Mitch Chortkoff visited with the former Dodger, who
still had good things to say about his old team.

"I've been with four teams but the Dodgers are still special to me,"
he said. "I think they have a chance to be real good this year. When
I heard they had won their opener I was happy for them."

His new manager, Joe Schulz, planned to play him regularly. But by
August he was on the move again, to Houston. There would be more stops,
including a brief stint with the Angels in 1976.

–Keith Thursby

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