Thursday, February 14, 2008
#150 Eric Davis
Why this card is awesome: Because this card is just AWESOME. It's a fantastic action shot captured by Topps of the long and lean Davis. Judging by the concentration on his face, I can only assume he was thinking, "Oh yeah....chicks dig the long ball." Remember that back in 1988, Davis was coming off a 30/30 season where he easiy got both 30 homers (37 actually) and 30 stolen bases (a whopping 50 actually!) He was a huge rising star who seemed destined to become an all-time superstar. It wasn't in the cards, though, due mainly to weird injuries he suffered (like a kidney laceration.) In fact, 1987 was his best season until 1998, when he had a wonderful comeback season with the Orioles.
Anyway, this is one of my all-time favorite cards, and ranks as the 3rd-best card of the 1988 Topps set, behind #70 Roger Clemens and another card yet to come. (Any guesses?)
Cool stat: Davis is another guy who hit a lot of homers off Jim Deshaies. He had 2 career games with 3 homers and a stolen base and is the only guy to do that twice.