Next up in my “Then and Now” super veteran series is former long time Dodgers center fielder Willie Davis, who capped off a wonderful 18-year career in 1979 with the California Angels, but had his last card in the 1977 Topps set:
Davis came up with the Dodgers as a 20-year old in 1960, just in time to
be a part of the organization’s great run which included two world
championships in 1963 and 1965, as well as a World Series appearance in
A speedster who racked up hits and had the occasional power, Davis
finished his career with over 2500 hits, 182 home runs and 398 stolen
bases, along with a nice .279 batting average in 2429 career games.
Though he played the first 14 years of his career in L.A., Davis would
go on to play for five teams over the last four years of his career:
Montreal Expos, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres and
the Angels in 1979 after a two-year absence from MLB ball in 1977 and
1978 when he played in Japan.