Eric The Red was at his best this month in 1987
He was 25-years old.
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.
May of 1987: .329-.404-.841-1.246, 12 HR, 36 RBI
1987 season .293-.399-.593-.991, 37 HR, 100 RBI, 50 SB, 84 BB, 120 R.
Remember the famous 44 Magnum poster from Costacos Brothers?
Davis set an NL record by hitting three grand slams in May.
April: .354-.437-.727-.1.164, 7 HR, 16 RBI
May: .329-.404-.841-1.246, 12 HR, 36 RBI
Combined April-May: 52 games: .314-.405-.696-1.102, 19 HR, 55 RBI, 26 SB, 51 R
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."