Tuesday, February 12, 2013

#145 - Alvin Davis

What a card: This is the first base card for Alvin Davis. He appears in the 1984 Topps Traded set, as well as the '84 Fleer Update set.

My observation on the front: I don't know what Davis is looking at -- looking up when you're not tracking a fly ball or a hit off of your bat is not a common practice for a baseball player. It'd be cool if he was on base and looking toward the outfield to see if he could advance -- that's not something you see on cards a lot.

More opinion from me: Davis was known as "Mr. Mariner," and I always thought of him as the first real, legitimate Mariner star. Yeah, I know he wasn't Alex Rodriguez or anything, but he was a pretty big deal in 1984.

Something you might know: Davis won Rookie of the Year honors in 1984 after hitting 27 home runs and knocking in 116 in 152 games for Seattle. He became known for being the lone bright spot on lousy Mariners teams in the late 1980s.

Something you might not know: Davis was a college teammate of former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu at Arizona State University. The year after Davis left the Sun Devils, Barry Bonds joined the team.

My observation on the back: As someone who is somewhat known for being a fan of night games, I'm a little embarrassed that I didn't know the answer to the trivia question.

The blog wants to speak now: The Other Cards category has been updated.


Rob said...

As a kid I sent Alvin Davis a card in the mail to get signed. He didn't sign it, but did return the card with an autographed postcard, which was kind of cool.

I've started a new Topps set blog:

jacobmrley said...

A lot of kids are asking "What is a Twi-night Doubleheader?" - heck some of them might be asking "What's a doubleheader?" Sigh.