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Jim Davenport, original member of San Francisco Giants, dies at 82

In this July 16, 1967, file photo,

In this July 16, 1967, file photo, San Francisco Giants third baseman Jim Davenport looks at the bat thrown by Chicago Cubs' Adolfo Phillips in the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. Credit: AP

SAN FRANCISCO — Jim Davenport, a longtime third baseman for the San Francisco Giants who later managed the team and worked in the front office, has died. He was 82.

The Giants announced his death Friday, saying he died Thursday night in Redwood City, California, because of heart failure.

Davenport was among the original San Francisco Giants after the franchise moved west from New York after the 1957 season. He played in the 1962 World Series and won a National League Gold Glove that same season.

Davenport was with the Giants organization for 51 years as a player, manager and coach in the majors and minors. He managed the Giants for part of the 1985 season before being replaced by Roger Craig.

He batted .258 with 77 home runs and 456 RBIs in 1,501 career games over 13 major league seasons all with San Francisco, from 1958-’70.

Giants CEO Larry Baer says: “The passing of Jim Davenport brings great sadness to our organization. Jim had a wonderful spirit and was a great Giant. We will always remember ‘Davvy.”’

Davenport is survived by his wife, Betty, daughter Cathy, sons Randy, Ken, Don and Gary.

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