Monday, June 14, 2010

1971 tommy davis

tommy davis was released by the cubs in december of 1970, and picked up by the a's just prior to the start of the season.  that means that the text is erroneous on his 1971 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
davis did spend 1970 with three teams - he began the season with the astros, for whom he finished the 1969 season after spending a few months as a seattle pilot.  then, in june of 1970, the a's purchased his contract from seattle and davis played for oakland until they sold him to the cubs in september, starting a bit of pinball between the two teams.  kudos. by the way, to topps for getting a photo of davis in a cubs uniform, as he played only 11 games for them after joining the club. 

in the 1970 season, davis managed to hit .284 despite all the changes.  while with the cubs, he hit the second of three career home runs against rick wise.  each of him home runs against wise came with a different team - the first with the dodgers, the second with the cubs, and the third (in 1975) with the orioles.

after the 1970 season, the cubs released davis and he returned to the a's as a free agent on march 29, 1971.  exactly one year and one day later, the a's would release him.  who then picked him up during the 1972 season?  the cubs, of course.

voici à vous, 1971 tommy davis!

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