Daily Archives: December 6, 2008

1989 Upper Deck Andre Dawson

1989 Upper Deck Andre Dawson

Based on the way I have my player collection list set up, this is the last card needed to complete my Andre Dawson collection.  1989 is the last year I am going after from Dawson’s playing days, and Upper Deck is the last brand in my group of cards issued in 1989.

Truth be told, I still have more to go after to complete the collection, but it’s nice to say I have the last card issued now too.  Personally, I love this card.  The design was such a different and unique style back in ’89 and this action shot of ‘The Hawk’ does not disappoint!!

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What Ever Happened To Chili Davis???

 Chili Davis is a baseball player from the 1980’s that quietly built a solid resume that many players of his era would envy.

‘The Jamaican Sensation’ was the first major league player to be born in Jamaica.  Chili’s debut came in the 1981 season and by 1982, he was a regular in the San Francisco Giants line-up.  Davis had the skills and talent to make himself a switch-hitter, which certainly gave him the opportunity to play in more games regardless of who the opposition was throwing at his team.

In 19 seasons in the big leagues, Davis finished his career with 2,380 hits.  He also batted in 1,372 runs while scoring 1,240 himself.  His career average of .274 is very respectable considering how many teams and league changes Chili made during his 19-year career.  Davis’ 350 home runs rank as the fourth highest amount in a career for a switch-hitting batter behind Eddie Murray, Mickey Mantle, and Chipper Jones.

Chili Davis was a 3-time All-Star, and captured MVP votes in 1989, 1991, and 1994.  But, Davis’ biggest accomplishment has been in the post-season in which he has won ALL 3 World Series championships that he has competed for.  Chili was part of the 1991 Minnesota Twins team that won the title, and he also captured 2 championships with the New York Yankees in 1998 and then again in 1999.

Chili Davis owns and operates ‘Chili Davis Premier Baseball’ in Peoria, Arizona which is a place for kids and adults to test their batting skills in batting cages.  They also have retail outlets for baseball related supplies and even a Starbucks. 

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