Thursday, March 19, 2009

Philadelphia Ramblers Owner George L Davis Jr Obit

From this morning's Philadelphia Inquirer:
George Davis, society sportsman
George L. Davis, 86, of Pompano Beach, Fla., a sportsman and businessman who served on two Olympic committees and was a guest at Grace Kelly's wedding, died March 5 at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"He was a gentleman of charm, wit, insight, and integrity," his daughter Margaret Packer said.

Mr. Davis grew up in Mount Airy and graduated from William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was president of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity; was a member of the Kite and Key, an honor society; and played on the baseball, basketball, and soccer teams. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the States.

Mr. Davis married Kelly's sister Margaret in 1944. The couple had met in Ocean City, N.J., where their families had homes. Mr. Davis was president of Davis Building Supply Co. and later did business with his father-in-law, John B. Kelly Sr., a brick-company owner and three-time Olympic gold medalist in rowing....

In the 1950s, Mr. Davis co-owned the Arena, a skating facility in West Philadelphia, and for several years, until 1960, he owned the Ramblers, a team in the former Eastern Hockey League. He served on committees for the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team and for U.S. Olympic Figure Skating in 1960.

He loved golf, travel, and boating, his daughter said, and served on the board of Chris-Craft, a boat manufacturer....

The September 24, 1959 Bridgeport Telegraph states that
George Davis Jr., head of the Philadelphia Ramblers, was elected vice president of the expanded league. (The New York Rovers and Greensboro Generals were added as new teams in the EHL.)
The EHL had the George L. Davis Jr. Trophy for goaltender with best Goals Against Average, but that appears to go back to at least 1935 in the EAHL, when this George L. Davis Jr. was only 19. I'm researching to see what I can find on the matter.

No comments:

Post a Comment