Eric The Red
Eric Davis is 60 years old today
What a blast watching the videos I found below. Wow. The dude was just incredible.
He was an 8th round pick of the Reds in 1980.
How about his 1987 season ? He was 25-years old.
.293-.399-.593-.991, 37 HR, 100 RBI, 50 SB, 84 BB, 120 R.
Remember the famous 44 Magnum poster from Costacos Brothers?
Eric Davis was named NL Player of the Month for May of 1987. Davis also won Player of the Month in April of that same year. He was spectacular that season. His combo of speed, power and glove is hard to explain and appreciate if you didn't get a chance to watch him. Davis set an NL record by hitting three grand slams in May. Take a look at his first two months of the season.
April: .354-.437-.727-.1.164, 7 HR, 16 RBI
May: .329-.404-.841-1.246, 12 HR, 36 RBI
52 games: .314-.405-.696-1.102, 19 HR, 55 RBI, 26 SB, 51 R
Career stats for Davis HERE
282 HR, 934 RBI, 349 SB, 3 Gold Gloves, 2 All-Star games.
HERE is a New York Times story on Davis in May of 1987. Pete Rose:"Mike Schmidt's the best ballplayer I've ever seen,'' the Reds' manager said at Shea Stadium. ''Johnny Bench is the best catcher, Joe Morgan the most intelligent player, Dave Parker plays the hardest and Tony Perez was the greatest R.B.I. player. But Eric Davis has more raw talent than any of those guys."