Chat with Al Downing, Tommy Davis
This season marks the 60th anniversary of Robinson debuting with the Brooklyn Dodgers, paving the way for African-American athletes in all sports. MLB is marking the date with several events during the season. The Indians and the Cardinals played in the first Civil Rights Game.
Downing played in the majors for 17 seasons from 1961-1977, playing for four teams. He got his start with the New York Yankees and retired as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. As a member of the Dodgers, Downing gave up Henry Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run.
Davis was convinced by Jackie Robinson in 1956, while Davis was at Boys High School in Brooklyn, to sign with the Dodgers, which he eventually did. In 1962 at 23 and in his third full season in the major leagues, Davis won a batting title and led the majors in RBI and hits. He hit .346 with 27 home runs and 153 RBI - the RBI still stands as a club record. In 1963, Davis won another batting title, hitting .326. However, he suffered a major leg injury in 1965 and was never the same.
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