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Gene Davidson

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Gene "Sodie" Daivdson, born February 19th, 1896 in Hon, Scott County, AR1, was a professional baseball player with the 1920 Fort Smith Twins2.

Biography

Davidson played football at the University of Arkansas from 1915-1919. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 19682.

Davidson died on September 12th, 1960 in Fort Smith, AR3 and was buried in Duncan Cemetery in Waldron, AR4.

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"Waldron, Sept. 13 – Gene (Sodie) Davidson, aged 64, died Monday in Fort Smith hospital. He was an all-time University of Arkansas athletic great and played back in the days of Tate McGill, Sam Coleman and others at the U. of A. He also played baseball in the old Southeast Arkansas League in this area. He was a brother of W. E. (Bill) Davidson of Camden and visited here often. Mr. Davidson was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe Davidson. He attended Waldron and Fort Smith high schools, where he was an outstanding football player. He was named All-Southwest quarterback in 1916 at the University of Arkansas. He played football until he was graduated in 1920. His name has been placed in the Arkansas University Hall of Fame. He played professional baseball with the Fort Smith Twins following graduation from the University. He enlisted in the Army during World War I and was send to Princeton University where he was taught to fly. He was later assigned to the aviator corps and stationed at Long Island, N.Y. He was a Methodist, a Mason, a member of Amrita Grotto at Fort Smith, president of the Bank of Waldron Hardware Mercantile Company. He was county clerk in Scott County for 12 years and was elected county judge in 1939 for three years. He served two terms as mayor of Waldron, was a member of City Council, a member of the Waldron Chamber of Commerce, and a farmer and stockman. He raised Hereford on his 1,200 acre farm in Scott County. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Charles Forrester Davidson; three brothers, Gilbert Davidson of Albuquerque, N.M., James Davidson of Charleston, W.Va., and W.E. Davidson of Camden, and a sister, Mrs. Betty McGill of Chidester. Funeral will be at 2. p.m. Wednesday at First Methodist Church by Rev. Bill Connell."3

Stats

Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.