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Dodgers’ Willie Davis is Baseball’s Sophomore of the Year

Oct. 31, 1962 - Willie Davis of the Los Angeles Dodgers, voted the National League’s sophomore of the year, said today the so-called second-year jinx in big-league baseball had not bothered him. “I didn’t even think about it,” said the 22-year-old outfielder, who was delighted with the outcome of the annual poll. Davis collected 32 of the 107 votes cast by members of the Baseball Writers Association. Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs, the 1961 rookie of the year, was next with 20 first-place ballots. Others who received votes were Jack Baldwin of Philadelphia, Ron Perranoski of Los Angeles, Johnny Edwards of Cincinnati, Tom Haller and Matty Alou of San Francisco, and Tony Cloninger of Milwaukee.

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