Sunday, February 16, 2014

2004 Donruss Timelines Eric Davis Autograph

Added a new Cardinals autograph to my collection earlier this week.  I had plenty of time after getting snowed in for half of a week.  I am sure that most people do not remember Eric Davis as a Cardinal, but he did make a brief appearance for the team in 1999 and 2000.  He was mainly a fourth outfielder on the team playing behind Jim Edmonds, JD Drew, and Ray Lankford.  The best years of his career were spent on the Reds and Orioles.  I always put Davis on the Reds.   

The new autograph comes from the 2004 Donruss Timelines set.  This was a pretty high end product at the time with lots of good autographs, but most of them are on stickers.  If you look around you can find some cool buybacks of some 80s players in the set.  I have a cool Carney Lansford.  If you are not old enough to remember Eric Davis.....

His best season, in my opinion was in 1987 when he posted 37 home runs, 50 steals, and an OPS of .991.  He was Mike Trout before Mike Trout.  He also had a season with 27 home runs with 80 steals.  Davis was also on the 1990 Reds team which beat the heavily favored A's in the World Series.  Davis set the tone for the series in Game 1 with this home run.  Truly a unique talent who probably did not get his due at the time.  His highest MVP finished through all of these seasons was 9th.  And people complain about trout finishing second.  

Davis had some missable seasons with the Dodgers and Tigers before bouncing back for a season with the Reds and a pair of good seasons for the Orioles.  His time in Baltimore was cut short after he was diagnosed with colon cancer.  He wrote a book about the experience.  After being treated for cancer he finished out the 1998 season with the Orioles and then spent the rest of his career with the Cardinals and Giants as a reserve.  

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