Friday, April 28, 2017

MISSING IN ACTION- 1970 BILL DAVIS

Here’s a “missing” 1970 card for Bill Davis, a player who already wrapped up a short three-year career as a part of the inaugural San Diego Padres of 1969:


Davis appeared in 31 games during the 1969 season, batting .175 with 10 hits over 57 at-bats while playing first base.
It’s the first action he saw in the Majors since the 1966 season when he played in 23 games for the Cleveland Indians, for whom he came up the previous year as a 23 year-old rookie.
All told he played 64 games in the Major Leagues in those three abbreviated seasons, batting .181 with 19 hits in 105 at-bats in 64 games.
A rather interesting footnote to his career is that he appeared in FIVE straight Topps sets from 1965 through 1969 on a multi-player rookie card!
I cannot think of any other player that was subjected to such torture, having to share his card with another.
Lou Piniella comes close, with three cards (1964, 1968 & 1969) before finally getting his own card in the 1970 set. After all, he did win the A.L. Rookie of the Year in 1969 with the Kansas City Royals!

2 comments:

  1. Nice card! Like Dave Winfield, Bill was baseball/basketball star at Univ. of Minnesota. He was a top prospect for the Indians (which accounts for all those rookie cards) but an Achilles injury in 1967 did him in as he never reached his potential. If Topps actually had a card of him in '70, it would be with the Twins because he was traded to them during the '69 season. Of course, it probably would have been another rookie card.

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