Monday, November 26, 2012

Random Topps Card of the Day: 2000 Topps #42 Chili Davis

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Monday, November 26, 2012:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2000 Topps #42.
  • Player Name, position, team: Chili Davis, outfielder, San Francisco Giants.
  • Major League Debut: April 10, 1981.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1999 stats (Yankees): 146 G, 476 AB, 59 R, 128 H, 25 2B, 1 3B, 19 HR, 78 RBI, 4 SB, .445 SLG, 73 BB, 100 SO, .269 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by Giants, #11th, June 1977. Signed with the Yankees as a Free Agent 12/10/1997. Bats: both, Throws: right.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 21. This is his twenty-first and final Topps card.
  • Blurb on the back: n/a.
  • Commentary: Yesterday, the RotC featured a card from the gray-bordered 1970 Topps set. For an encore, it picked the gray(some may call it silver)-bordered 2000 Topps set. You know, I've made a habit of pointing out on this humble little blog that Topps utilized a similar design for their 1963, 1983, and 2003 Topps sets: a large picture of the subject above with a smaller headshot below next to the player's name (okay, they used it in 1984 and in a sense 1996). Maybe in 2030, Topps will bring back the silver borders. It could happen. You never know. Chili Davis was the first subject of the Random Card of the Day program in 2010. The card featured then, his 1982 Topps Traded #23T card, was his first solo Topps card (like with Cal Ripken, he appeared in the 1982 set with two other prospects). Flash forward 18 years and Chili Davis is one of MLB's elder statesmen. In fact, with 1999 being Davis' final season in the majors, the statistics on the back of his Topps cards are complete and final. What a career it was though for the first player born in Jamaica to play in the majors. Charles Theordore Davis' final numbers include a batting average of .274, 350 home runs, 1372 rbi's, .451 slugging percentage, 142 stolen bases, and thanks to his two years with the Yankees plus a magical 1991 season with the Twins, three World Series titles (thanks to Dean for pointing this out...#facepalm!!!). After spending time in Australia as the hitting coach for the National Baseball Team, he returned to the US to take on a hitting instructor's role with the Dodgers. In 2012, Davis was named the hitting coach of the Oakland Athletics. With him helping out the teams' young stars, the A's wrestled away the AL Western Division title over the 2-time defending AL Champion Texas Rangers.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.07-$0.20.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 28 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 2003 Topps #333. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Flash back with the blog tomorrow.


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1 comment:

Dean said...

He also was a member of the '91 World Series champion Twins.