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To see the Football player see Eric Davis (football player) Eric Davis (born January 26, 1968) is a former NFL player who started his career in 1990 with the San Francisco 49ers. ...

Eric Davis
Outfielder
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 19, 1984 for the Cincinnati Reds
Final game
October 7, 2001 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
Batting Average     .269
Home Runs     282
RBI     934
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Caption
Eric Davis hit for the cycle in 1989

Eric Keith Davis (born May 29, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is a former center fielder for several Major League Baseball teams. Davis was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 19, 1984, with the Cincinnati Reds, the team for which he is most remembered. Davis actually began his professional career as a shortstop, but after committing 35 errors during his first season in the professional ranks, he was on the verge of being released. It was then suggested that he be moved to center field and his career flourished. Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... May 19 is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Ballpark Great American Ball Park (2003–present) Riverfront... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Bennett Park (1894-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (10) 2006 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 1940... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Ballpark AT&T Park (2006–present) a. ... All-star (also, Allstar or All Star) is a term with meanings in both the worlds of sports and entertainment. ... Silver Slugger Award In Major League Baseball, the Louisville Silver Slugger award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in each league. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... 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Hitting From The Heart DVD

Eric Davis just released his DVD titled "Hitting From The Heart." This DVD is both an instructional and inspirational DVD. His swing was described as one of the purest in baseball. He played the game in a way only few others had. Eric Davis made an indelible mark on baseball. He presents these skills on the new DVD “Hitting From The Heart.” Davis displays unconventional methods to produce success at all levels. From World Series Champion to inspirational cancer survivor, Davis motivates all athletes to overcome adversity and obstacles in order to achieve any goal. In addition to baseball instruction and motivating messages, “Hitting From The Heart” is filled with exciting extras and special features!


The DVD is available at Eric Davis Baseball


Special Features:


Time & Again: A career retrospective. 44 years of Eric Davis


The Comeback Kids: A personal conversation with Eric Davis & Darryl Strawberry.


A Message of Hope: Words of inspiration from Eric Davis.


Produced in HD: Enhanced for 16:9 Televisions


Early career

When Eric Davis first appeared in 1984, his physical talents gave him the potential to be one of the most exciting players in the game. He was a rare five-tool player with home-run power as well as sheer speed on the basepaths. He made a habit of robbing home runs and elicited comparisons to Willie Mays. For most of his career, Barry Bonds was considered a five-tool player. ... Template:Infobox baseball player/alive and well Willie Howard Mays Jr. ...


Unfortunately, he was also highly injury-prone, never playing more than 135 games in any season.


Davis showed what he could do in 1986 hitting .277 with 27 homers and stealing 80 bases. He built on that success by hitting .293 with 37 homers and 50 steals in 1987, despite playing in only 129 games. From 1986 to 1990, he averaged 30 home runs and 40 steals. In 1990, with a solid team around him, Davis would be a key player in Cincinnati's "wire-to-wire" championship season.


One of Davis' most famous moments was when Davis homered off Oakland's Dave Stewart in his first World Series at bat in 1990. The home run triggered a World Series sweep for the Reds. While diving for a ball during the Series, Davis suffered a lacerated kidney which required surgery. He also underwent off-season surgery on a knee that he had injured earlier in the season. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ... David Keith Stewart (born February 19, 1957 in Oakland, California) was a dominant right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball during the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ...


After 1990, Davis was unable to get his career back on track. Injuries sabotaged his play in 1991 and he was traded to Los Angeles for Tim Belcher and John Wetteland. He suffered several more injuries in 1992 and was largely ineffective. By the end of 1993, the Dodgers dealt him to Detroit for a minor-leaguer. After the trade, his body continued to deteriorate and he retired at the end of the 1994 season. A Topps brand Tim Belcher baseball card. ... John Karl Wetteland (born August 21, 1966 in San Mateo, California, USA) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher, who played as a closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers. ...


After recuperating for one season, he felt healthy enough to return to baseball with Cincinnati in 1996. He had a solid season with a .287 average and 26 home runs, although injuries cut into his playing time. He had played well enough, however, to convince Baltimore to sign him as a free agent. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ...


Cancer diagnosis and recovery

In May of 1997, Davis was devastated to learn that he had colon cancer. He vowed to return that season, although most felt that it would be unlikely that he could recover in time. By September, while he was still in treatment, Davis returned to the team. His cancer treatment left him tired but he worked hard to regain his form. Davis was well-enough to hammer a game winning home run in the 1997 American League Championship Series. After the season, he was given the Roberto Clemente Award. He serves as an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Diagram of the stomach, colon, and rectum Colorectal cancer includes cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. ... The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player selected for his character and charitable contributions to his community. ... The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation or MMRF is a non-profit organization based in New Canaan, Connecticut dedicated to accelerating the search for a cure of multiple myeloma. ...


Davis was brought back for 1998 and went on to have one of his best seasons, batting .327 with 28 homers. He also hit in 30 consecutive games that season.


End of Career

1999 would be the beginning of the end for Davis. He spent three injury-plagued seasons with St. Louis and San Francisco before retiring in 2001.


In 1999, Davis wrote his autobiography, Born to Play in which he credited Pete Rose for having faith in him and teaching him about the game. He also had harsh words for Ray Knight, who was the Reds manager in 1996. He claimed Knight did not support his comeback and did not stand up for him in contract negotiations after the season. Davis remains bitter about the Reds treatment of him after his World Series injury. Davis was left behind in Oakland after the series and requested that the Reds provide a private plane to bring him back to Cincinnati. Davis claimed that he was refused a number of times and made his own way home after the hospital released him. Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Ray Knight (born December 28, 1952 in Albany, Georgia) is a former right-handed Major League Baseball player in the 1970s and 80s. ... Oakland, founded in 1852, is the eighth-largest city in California[1] and the county seat of Alameda County. ... Cincinnati, Ohio viewed from the SW, across the Ohio River from Kentucky. ...


Trivia

  • Davis was also among the first high profile baseball players to wear Nike high-top cleats.
  • He was known as "Eric the Red" during his career in Cincinnati.
  • He is the godfather of NBA basketball player Jordan Farmar.
  • Steve Carlton recorded his 4,000th strikeout against Davis in 1986.
  • He is childhood friends with Darryl Strawberry, another former MLB baseball player.

Jordan Robert Farmar (born November 30, 1986) is an American professional basketball player and starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Steven Norman Carlton (born December 22, 1944 in Miami, Florida) is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, from 1965 to 1988, who retired as one of the most successful pitchers to ever play the game. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Darryl Eugene Strawberry (born March 12, 1962) is a former baseball player who is well known both for his play on the baseball field and for his controversial behavior off of it. ...

Teams

Eric Davis and his best friend Darryl Strawberry

Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Ballpark Great American Ball Park (2003–present) Riverfront... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Bennett Park (1894-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (10) 2006 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 1940... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Ballpark AT&T Park (2006–present) a. ... Image File history File links Davis_Strawberry. ... Image File history File links Davis_Strawberry. ... Darryl Eugene Strawberry (born March 12, 1962) is a former baseball player who is well known both for his play on the baseball field and for his controversial behavior off of it. ...

Highlights

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from the previous years... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... Silver Slugger Award In Major League Baseball, the Louisville Silver Slugger award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in each league. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1985 In baseball statistics, stolen bases (denoted by SB) is a count of the number of bases successfully stolen by a player. ... Image:VinceColeman. ... The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award was established in 1965 by The Sporting News (TSN). ... The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player selected for his character and charitable contributions to his community. ... The Hutch Award is a Major League Baseball award given to an active player who best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire to win. ... In 1990 the Boston Red Sox instituted a national award to honor the memory of their former star Tony Conigliaro. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Rickey Henley Henderson (born December 25, 1958) is baseballs major-league all-time leader in stolen bases, by a very wide margin [1]. He is also its most prolific run scorer ever. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame was instituted in 1958 to recognize the career of former Cincinnati Reds players, managers and front-office executives. ...

Career statistics

In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... Runs or running is a music slang term for ad libbing and expanding on a musical note with ones voice. ... Look up double in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In mathematics, a triple is an n-tuple with n being 3. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1988. ...

See also

Alfonso Soriano has another 30-30 season in 2005. ... Eric Davis hit for the cycle in 1989 In baseball, a player hits for the cycle when he hits a single, a double, a triple and a home run in the same game, though not necessarily in that order. ... In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score in one play. ... In 1934, the breakfast cereal Wheaties began the practice of including pictures of athletes on its packaging to coincide with its slogan, The Breakfast of Champions. ...

Books

Autobiography: Born To Play, 1999, ISBN 0-670-88511-8


External links

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Eric Davis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (348 words)
Eric Keith Davis (born May 29, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is a former center fielder for several Major League Baseball teams, most remembered for the years he spent with the Cincinnati Reds.
Early in the 1997 season, he was diagnosed with colon cancer, but came back by the end of that season after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor, followed by a round of chemotherapy.
One of Davis' most famous moments was "the throw" in game 5 of the National League Championship Series vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates when he threw out Bobby Bonilla at third base from centerfield.
Encyclopedia: Eric Davis (935 words)
Eric Davis, 1990, by Rick Dikeman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version.
Eric has worked with numerous Boys and Girls Clubs, RBI Baseball Leagues, public schools, and made countless numbers of public service announcements for charities.
Eric's goal is to touch as many people as he can in a positive way, and urge them to get screened for early detection, eat healthy, get plenty of exercise and have regular checkups.
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