Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Tom Davies

Tom Davies

Details

  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Pittsburgh
  • High School: Aliquippa, PA (Aliquippa HS)Saltsburg, PA (Kiski Prep)
  • Years: 1918-1921
  • Inducted: 1970
  • Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Date of Birth: Oct 14, 1896
  • Place of Death: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Date of Death: Feb 29, 1972
  • Height: 5-8
  • Weight: 158

Member Biography

It was the fall of 1918, and Pitt was facing powerful Georgia Tech. Freshman halfback Tom Davies dashed 50 yards for a touchdown, returning a punt 60 yards for another score, then another punt 50 yards to paydirt and, finally, passed for two more touchdowns. A freshman! Pitt won the game, 32-0, Davies was named All-American at the close of the season. That fall day in 1918 was only one of many such afternoons for Tom Davies. Tom was an incredible performer, averaging 150 yards a game for 31 games of a four-year career. In the Syracuse game of his 1920 junior season, he rushed for 255 yards and scored 16 points - in only three quarters of action. Pitt won, 35-0. Perhaps his finest game came in his junior year against arch rival Pennsylvania. Davies returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score, turned a pass interception into a 60-yard touchdown, ran 80 yards from scrimmage for still another TD and completed the day with a short touchdown pass. After graduation, Tom served a year as assistant coach at Pennsylvania. He was head coach at Geneva 1923, Allegheny 1924-1925, Rochester 1926-1935, assistant at Carnegie 1936. He coached high schools - Kiski Prep 1937, St. Thomas (Scranton, Pa.) 1939-1940. In 1941, he went into the insurance business.