Tuesday, August 30, 2016

1976 PROJECT- WILLIE DAVIS RE-DO

Once again “Reader Jim” asked me to redesign a card for his 1976 Project, this one for Willie Davis, who was originally on an airbrushed San Diego Padres card in the 1976 Topps set, but re-done with him as a St. Louis Cardinal, for whom he played the second half of 1975:


A nice action shot of “3-Dog”, who was finishing up an excellent 18-year career in the late-70’s, the first 14 of them as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, including 2 championships in 1963 and 1965.
The last four years of his career were divided among the Montreal Expos (1974), Texas Rangers (1975), Cardinals (1975) and California Angels in 1979 (he didn’t play in 1977/1978).
All told the man collected 2561 hits and a .279 batting average, along with three Gold Gloves, 182 homers, 398 stolen bases, 138 triples and 1217 runs scored over 2429 games.
Excellent numbers for a guy who is easily lost among the elite National League outfielders of his day like Aaron, Mays and Clemente.

7 comments:

  1. I'd take this in action shot over the version that Topps put out. I don't think that I ever saw Davis portrayed as a member of the Cardinals.

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  2. Is that some sort of commemorative logo on the side of his helmet or is it a bad spot in the original photo?

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    1. Cards wore this helmet logo in 1975 only. The side logo never really caught on. Here is a great post about it from the Fleer Sticker Project:

      http://fleersticker.blogspot.com/2013/03/1975-st-louis-cardinals-batting-helmet.html

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  3. Amazing. I had no idea that Willie ever played for the Cardinals!

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  4. Ok now Gio... You gotta sneak in the Willie Davis Texas Ranger card now...

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  5. Yeah !!! The 3-Dog great 4 months with the Cards ... Hit .291 in 98 games - 102 Hits in 350 At Bats - 19 doubles 6 Triples - 6 HR's and 50 RBIs with 10 SBs ...

    Came in 2nd actually in August 1975 NL Player of the month voting behind Tony Perez ...

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