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G. McConway
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December 13, 2023

Former MLB Player Vic Davalillo Dead After Emergency Surgery

Vic Davalillo, who has two World Series rings and a Gold Glove on his mantel, has passed away.

Davalillo reportedly died after a failed emergency surgery for an intestinal obstruction.

He was 84 years old.

Sad Day

The Pittsburg Pirates, one of the six teams that Davalillo played for in his career as well as the team where he won one of his World Series rings, posted its condolences online.

The post stated, “We are saddened by the loss of Vic Davalillo, a member of our 1971 World Champion team.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Davalillo family.”

Davalillo made his MLB debut in 1963 for the Cleveland Indians and played with the Indians until 1968, which would be the longest stint he had with any team.

He won a Gold Glove in 1964 as well as making the All-Star team in 1965, then he moved on to the California Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Pirates in 1971.

The Pirates won the World Series in 1971, then moved Davavillo to the Oakland Athletics in 1973, with the A’s in the midst of a Pennant run.

They would win, the Pennant, and eventually beat the New York Mets in the 1973 World Series, giving Davavillo his second ring.

After making only a handful of appearances in 1974, Davavillo was released, so he decided to play in the Mexican League, where he got his game back, returning to the MLB with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1977-80.

Playing in a limited role, he hit .313, .312, and .259 before slumping to .167 during the 1980 season, where he only played in seven games with six plate appearances. He returned to the Mexican League, where he finished his career.

He has been honored in Venezuela with a ballpark named after him and the MVP trophy, as well as having been inducted into the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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