James H. Davenport “Peanut”


College Career

Southern Mississippi (1952-1955)

• Led ‘54 baseball team in batting average (.439), hits (18), home runs (3)

• Quarterback for ‘53 football team

 

Pro Baseball Career

San Francisco Giants (1958-1970)

• Gold Glove award at 3rd base (’62)

• Career batting average of .258 with 77 home runs and 456 RBIs

• World Series (’62)

• Manager (’85)

 

Did You Know?

Jim Davenport had hoped to play ball for the Alabama Crimson Tide, until he learned that ‘Bama would not sign married athletes. But Alabama’s loss became Southern Mississippi’s gain, especially when an inspired Davenport quarterbacked Southern in back-to-back upset wins over the Tide, 25-19 (’53) and 7-2 (’54).