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Dwight Filley Davis

Dwight Filley Davis (Tennis.  Born, St. Louis, MO, July 5, 1879; died, Washington, DC, Nov. 28, 1945.)  A Harvard man who donated one of the most celebrated trophies in sports, Dwight Filley Davis played singles in the first Davis Cup matches in 1900 and a losing doubles match in the second international team event in 1902 at the Crescent A.C. in Brooklyn.  His son, Dwight F. Davis, Jr. (1907-73), known as Pete, was an original backer of the proposed Continental League baseball club in New York and later a long-time vice president of the Mets.

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