Wednesday, July 8, 2015
#430 - Ron Davis
What a card: Ron Davis had completed his third season as the closer for the Twins when this card was issued. He saved 29 games, but the choice of him for a card number ending in zero is a bit questionable. His ERA was 4.55 ERA in 1984 and he blew 14 saves.
My observation on the front: I know that's not a briefcase next to Davis' hand, but that's what it looks like.
More opinion from me: Davis is one of those players who would look entirely different if he pitched in any other decade other than the 1980s. ... Then again, maybe he'd look like Tyler Clippard.
Something you might know: Davis began his major league career with the Yankees, working in tandem with closer Rich Gossage. He struck out eight straight batters in 1981, which you might know from the trivia question on a post not long ago.
Something you might not know: Davis took a job as a waiter in New York during the players' strike in 1981, then moved to another waiter's job at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City while the strike continued. Later that summer, two walkways at the hotel collapsed, killing 113 people. Davis was one of the first people there pulling people from the rubble.
My observation on the back: The year after this set was issued, the person who portrayed Chief Noc-A-Homa left the Braves in a dispute over pay and job performance and the mascot never returned.
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