Monday, November 25, 2019

1981 Topps Dick Davis

The front: Davis’s cap is rakishly askew.

The back: Davis went 0-5 in his first game against the Yankees in 1979, then got 9 hits in 16 at-bats in five more games against the Yankees. Eight of the nine hits were singles. The other was a pinch-hit home run off of Luis Tiant in Yankee Stadium to cut a Yankees lead to 4-2; the Yankees would hold on to win 4-3.

The player: Outfielder Dick Davis played six seasons in the major leagues, mostly for the Brewers, from 1977 to 1982. In 403 games he hit .265 with 27 HR and 141 RBI. He had greater success in Japan, where he played from 1984 to 1988. In 1985 he hit 40 home runs for the Kinetsu Buffaloes.

The man: Davis was accused of selling and using cocaine with several Brewers and Phillies during his times with those clubs. Later, his Japanese career ended after a marijuana arrest. Davis now appears to have cleaned up his act and coaches a youth baseball team in Victorville, CA.

My collection: I have 12 of his cards, from 1979 to 1983. I would be interested in trading for 1982 Topps Traded #24.

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