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.