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Eric Davis


Eric the Red!

Cincinnati Reds team Hall of Famer Eric Davis is a member of the exclusive 30-30 club, earned three Gold Gloves, and won a World Series with the Reds in 1990. Later in his career Davis defeated a ruthless and dangerous opponent, colon cancer.

From Wikipedia "Davis was blessed with a mesmerizing combination of athletic ability, including excellent foot and bat speed, tremendous power, and superlative defensive acumen."

I'm so glad I held on to this SI issue!

Top: 1985 Cincinnati Reds Yearbook Cards #44; 1985 Topps #627; & 1986 Topps #28.
Middle: 1987 Classic #21; 1987 Kraft #10; & 1987 Donruss #265.
Bottom: 1987 Donruss DK #22; 1987 Fleer AW #11/44; & 1987 Fleer Sticker #30.

In 1986 Davis hit 27 HR, 71 RBI, and 80 SB. In 1987 he hit 37 HR, 100 RBI, 50 SB, and had a slash line of .293/.399/.593.

Top: 1987 Sportflics #22; 1987 Topps #412; & 1988 Chef Boyardee #2/24.
Middle: 1988 Sportflics #10; 1988 Donruss #369; & 1988 Donruss MVP #BC-2.
Bottom: 1988 Kenner #NNO; 1988 Nestle #3/44; & 1988 Parker #NNO.

Top: 1988 Fleer #231; 1988 Fleer #637; & 1988 Score #10.
Middle: 1988 Score #649; 1988 Topps #150; & 1988 Topps Comic Back #20.
Bottom: 1989 Classic #9; 1989 Donruss #80; & 1989 Sportflics #44.

Top: 1989 Topps #330; 1989 Topps #111; & 1989 Upper Deck #410.
Middle: 1989 Upper Deck #688; 1990 Donruss MVP #BC-23; & 1990 Donruss AS #695.
Bottom: 1990 Fleer #417; 1990 Fleer (box bottom?) #C-4; & 1990 Kahn's #NNO.

Top: 1990 Score #185; 1990 Sportflics #97; & 1990 Topps #260.
Middle: 1990 Topps Mini #53; 1990 Upper Deck #116; & 1991 Classic #136.
Bottom: 1991 Classic #T34; 1991 Donruss #84; & 1991 Topps SC #37.

Top: 1991 Score #137; 1991 Score #863 (yikes!); & 1991 Upper Deck #355.
Middle: 1992 Donruss #503; 1992 Upper Deck #125; & 1996 Kahn's #NNO.
Bottom: 1996/7 Topps #218; 2004 Donruss TH #112; & 2013 Topps #69S-BPDS.

Davis finished his career with 282 HR, 934 RBI, 349 SB, and a .269/.359/.482 slash line. Thankfully, Davis currently works as a roving instructor in the Reds organization.

My favorite card in this post: There are many great ones, but I'm going with the 1996 Kahn's #NNO card.

What's yours?

Thanks for stopping by!
CinciCuse Bill


  1. My favorite would be the 1988 SLU card. Love that set and the red border design goes perfectly with Reds players.

  2. Other than having a bunch of his cards in sets way back when, my only other connection to anything Eric Davis is from a pair of brothers that I was friends with as a kid. They were baseball junkies, and were also obsessed with trying to figure out who all other kids hit like when we got together and played baseball. According to them, my style resembled that of Eric Davis. I don't know how accurate it was, but will probably never forget that.

  3. Great guy for a post. My brother and I pretended we were Darryl Strawberry and Eric Davis all the time. I was Davis. I loved his game and athleticism. Thanks for the memories!

  4. '88 Topps is my favorite Davis card that's not one of his Dodger cards. '91 Upper Deck comes second.

  5. I think my favorite Eric Davis card is the Tony Perez card from 1986 Topps.

  6. Very cool cards, and the SI Issue is awesome. As a non-Reds fan, it's easy to forget just how good Davis was when healthy.

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