‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #35
Eric Davis – 1985 Topps
Eric Davis had the tools every scout dreams of finding in a recruit. Davis’ amazing athletic ability transferred to the baseball diamond and made him an incredible offensive and defensive threat.
In his 17-season career in the major leagues, Davis never did reach his full potential. Often labeled as ‘Willie Mays – Reincarnated’, Davis’ injuries kept him from playing more than 135 games in any season. And as the years passed by, one had to wonder as to how good ‘Eric The Red’ could be if he could remain injury free.
Over the course of his career, Davis amassed 282 home runs and collected 349 stolen bases. A player that was able to hit for power and be a threat on the base paths was rare in the 1980’s and Davis became in instant hit with the Cincinnati Reds’ team and it’s fans. From 1986-1990, Davis finished in the Top 13 for the MVP award. His all-around play was being noticed by the baseball world and Davis became one of baseball’s most popular players of that era.
Defensively, Eric Davis was a dominant outfielder that was skilled enough to play all 3 positions. His incredible speed and arm strength made him stand out and he won 3 Gold Glove awards honoring him as one of baseball’s best defensive outfielders.
Eric Davis made it to one World Series match-up in 1990 with the Reds. The Reds shocked the world as they swept the mighty Oakland A’s and won the World Series title. In that series, Davis batted .286 while collecting 5 RBI.
Eric Davis was diagnosed with Colon cancer in 1997, but was still able to return to the team that season and make an impact. His best statistcal season came the year after he defeated cancer in 1998 where he batted .327, while smashing 28 home runs and driving in 89 runs as a member of the Baltimore Orioles.