Sunday, October 16, 2016

THEN AND NOW- WILLIE DAVIS 1961-1977

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 1966.
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.

3 comments:

  1. Willie's final MLB appearance was in the 1979 ALCS, doubling in his last AB. I think he always seemed so much older in his photos than he actually was.

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  2. In the early 1970's my older brother and I had 2 Topps posters (I believe they were made back in 1968). We had Willie Mays and Willie Davis. I was so young I did not really know who they were, I was just fascinated for some reason by the fact they had the same name. I bet you can guess which one was hanging on my side of the room and which was on my older brother's side.

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  3. Willie Davis had 2561 career hits - 138 Triples ...

    Was the most offensively productive CF in MLB from 1968-1974 and was 3 for 3 in his 2 Allstar games with a 2 run homerun off of Nolan Ryan in the 1973 game... his 31 game hit streak is still a Dodgers franchise record Brooklyn and LA ... Won 2 World Series 1963 and 1965 and won 3 straight Gold Gloves 1971-72-73 ...

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