Ross ‘Satch’ Davis, proud member of Cleveland Buckeyes, dies at 94

From Ryan Whirty at The Plain Dealer on February 15, 2013, with mention of SABR member Stephanie Liscio:

It was almost impossible to get Ross “Satch” Davis to stop talking about baseball.

The late Negro Leagues star pitcher loved recalling his days playing for teams all across the country before he died last month. That included his two tenures with the Cleveland Buckeyes, this city’s top-level entry in the all-black leagues that thrived before the integration of Major League Baseball in 1947.

“He was very proud [of his career],” said Joella Vordtriede, Davis’ daughter. “That’s all he talked about, to anyone who would listen. My father was a very private person. The baseball thing was what he talked about the most.”

And, said Melinda Ramsey, who helped Davis spend his final years living at her ranch in Garwood, Texas, the former hurler’s greatest affinity was for Cleveland.

“His favorite team [when Davis was playing] was the Cleveland Buckeyes,” Ramsey said. “He liked it in Cleveland. He always said he wished he never moved [from there].

“But,” she added with a laugh, “it was too cold.”

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Originally published: February 17, 2013. Last Updated: February 17, 2013.