Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The Davis Clan
One Cy Young award winner, a catcher trying to become a pitcher, a player named for a character in a book and a memory from my first ever baseball game. Mark Christopher Davis is also known as Ben Davis and also was known as a great hope for the Padres 7 years ago, he was the future of the Padres. He was drafted with the 2nd overall pick in the 1995 draft and made his major league debut in 1998. He played 258 games with the Padres before being traded to the Mariners. He didn't stick there either as he was traded to the White Sox in 2004, he has also played in the minors for the Yankees, Dodgers, and Baltimore. In November of 2008 he signed a minor league contract with the Reds. He is playing at A League Sarasota trying to come back at 32 as a pitcher. I got the card signed through the mail. Arthur Willard Davis was signed as a amateur free agent by the Indians in 1964 and made his debut in September of 1965. He played in parts of 3 seasons for the Indians and Padres. He played in 31 games for the Padres in 1969 before being traded to the Cardinals in May of 1969. I got the card on eBay. Robert John Eugene Davis was drafted in the 6th round of the 1970 draft and made his major league debut in 1973. He played 5 seasons in San Diego playing in 166 games, before Toronto selected him in the Rule 5 draft, and he also played for the California Angels. I got the card signed through the mail. Gerald Edward Davis was drafted by the Padres in the 1980 draft and made his major league debut in 1983, he played in 49 games in 1983 and 1985, and then that was it. I got the card signed through the mail.Mark William Davis was drafted by the Phillies in 1979 and made his major league debut in September of 1980. He played 3 seasons for the Phillies and 5 for the Giants before being traded to the Padres. He played in San Diego from 1987-1989 and from 1993-1994, during his first time there he was the closer and won the Cy Young Award in 1989. He was only the 4th closer to ever win the Cy Young, and another closer didn't win it until Gagne in 1993. He also played a season in Atlanta and Milwaukee. He is now the pitching coach for the Rookie League Surprise Royals. I got this card signed through the mail. George Earl Davis was called Storm after a character in a book that his Mother was reading when he was born. His parents were also the adoptive parents of Houston Astro Glenn Davis. He was drafted by the Orioles in 1979 and made his debut in 1982. He played one season going 2-7 in 21 games, before moving on. He also played for Oakland, Kansas City and Detroit. I got the card from eBay, after multiple attempts to get him to sign through the mail. William Henry Davis was signed as an amateur free agent in 1958 and made his major league debut in 1960. He played 14 years for Los Angeles, then Montreal, Texas, Saint Louis and a year in San Diego. He played full time for the Padres appearing in 141 games in the outfield hitting in .268. He played two years in Japan and then finished his career with the Angels in 1979. The first baseball games I ever went to were with a church group at Dodger Stadium. For some reason Willie Davis has always stuck with me as a memory of those games. I eventually got this through the mail.