1987 Topps – Mike Davis

1987 Topps – Mike Davis

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The Oakland Athletics drafted Mike Davis in the third round of the 1977 free-agent draft, with the 69th over-all pick. Davis played his college baseball for San Diego Mesa Junior College. Previously, he played prep baseball for Herbert Hoover High School in San Diego, California. His major league début came on April 10, 1980, pinch-hitting in the ninth for Tony Armas. He continued in the game into extra innings at right field for the As, against the visiting Minnesota Twins at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. He ground out to Doug Corbett in his first at-bat, and again struck out in the eleventh .

Mike Davis Career

Mike Davis spent 10 years on a major league roster, working primarily as a right fielder, but used throughout the outfield, and as a first baseman very early in his career. Over the course of his career he slashed .259/.313/.415 in 963 games, with 2,999 plate appearances. Davis won a World Series ring with the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers, starting one game at Right Field, and being used as a pinch hitter in three other games as the Dodgers bested the As in five games.

1988 World Series

Game 1 of the 1988 World Series is best remembered for Kurt Gibson hobbling to the plate and taking Dennis Eckersley deep. Had Mike Davis not drawn a walk with two outs, that would not have happened. Eckersly gave Davis a five-pitch walk as Davis pinch hit for Alfredo Griffin. Davis stole second, and took off upon hearing the crack of Gibson’s bat. He looked up as he rounded third, to see Jose Canseco’s back staring helplessly at the ball as the Dodgers won the first game. Eckersley never gave another post-season walk in 22 appearances after that brief moment of not having his trademark pinpoint control.

Trades and Transfers

1987 Topps - 83 - Mike Davis
1987 Topps – 83 – Mike Davis

Mike Davis spent the three years of his professional career playing in the Athletics farm system. He saw time with the Medicine Hat A’s, Modesto A’s, Modesto A’s and the Ogden A’s before his call-up with Oakland in 1980.

He split 1981 and 1982 between the Tacoma Tigers of the Pacific Coast League and the mother club in Oakland. The As kept him on the main club from 1983 to 1987.

Following three excellent years from 1985 to 1987, he was granted free agency in November 1987. The Los Angeles Dodgers scooped him up for the 1988 season. However, injuries sidelined him early in the year and he would never return to proir form. The Dodgers released him following the 1989 season.

He played for the San José Giants of the California League in 1990 as part of the San Francisco Giants farm team, appearing in only 9 games. He signed a minor league contract with the Montreal Expos in 1991, and played 58 games with the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association before being out of baseball by 1991.

Signed Card

The aviator style specs jump out at me immediately. The jersey does not match the 1986 A’s jersey. The giant gold bars on the sleeve do not match a game jersey. As such, I presume it’s a warm-up jersey. The signature in a dark blue sharpie gets lost in the jersey, but still looks good.

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