Tuesday, November 10, 2009
#82) TOMMY DAVIS
Tommy Davis was traded along with Darrell Griffith from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the New York Mets in exchange for Ron Hunt and Jim Hickman on November 29, 1966. The two-time batting champion had suffered a broken ankle in May of 1964 while sliding to break up a double play and was lost for the rest of the season. Upon his return, Tommy was unable to recapture his previous success in Los Angeles. So the club deemed him expendable. However, Davis did not disappoint during his lone season with the Mets. In New York he was selected as the team's National League All-Star representative and led the club in all it's offensive statistics. In a move that would bring two major parts of the 1969 Miracle Mets team to town, New York traded Tommy along with Jack Fisher, Billy Wynne, and Dick Booker to the Chicago White Sox for Tommie Agee and Al Weis on December 15, 1967.
After his playing career Tommy was a promotion manager at Casablanca Records, and wrote a book titled, "Tales from the Dodger Dugout." Davis would also serve as a hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners.
Tommy Davis signed his card in the set for my friend Sam at the B.A.T. Fundraising Dinner on January 27, 2009.