1976 SSPC #279 – Willie Davis (Cardinals/Padres)

1976 SSPC #279 Willie Davis
Willie Davis… Was the Dodgers’ starting center fielder for 13 years, and played 18 years in the Majors overall. He was a two-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove winner, and twice lead the league in triples. Willie appeared in the World Series three times with the Dodgers, and has 96 career sacrifice flies, which ties him for 40th with Ernie Banks, Joe Morgan, Wade Boggs, Don Mattingly and John Olerud. He’s also tied for 64th in all-time triples and is 87th in career hits with 2,561. He played two seasons in Japan.

Folks call me… 3-Dog

In 1976, Willie Davis… was the Padres’ starting center fielder, batted .268/5/46 with 18 doubles and 10 triples. The Padres acquired him from the Cardinals just after the 1975 season.

This card is… Odd to look at; He never appeared on a Topps card with the Cardinals. I can handle him with the Expos or Padres, but this Cardinals shot is just too odd.

Here’s what his 1976 Topps card looks like.
1976 Topps Willie Davis

Shea-o-meter: Many of the photos in 1976 SSPC were taken in Shea Stadium; Every team came through Shea because the Yankees were temporarily playing in Shea while Yankee Stadium was being renovated. “Can two Major League teams share a ballpark without driving each other crazy?”

I don’t know about this one… The blurry background looks like Shea, but it also looks like he’s wearing a home uniform (unless the grey is just washed out)… but I’m also pretty sure that’s not Busch Stadium. I’m going to have to waive the white flag and put it under “Can’t Tell”.
Shea: 41
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 7
Can’t tell: 10
Not Shea: 6

1976 SSPC #279 Willie Davis back


2 thoughts on “1976 SSPC #279 – Willie Davis (Cardinals/Padres)

    • Hmmm, good question. The most recent “baseball Willie” that I can think of is Willie Harris… and he’s been out of baseball for a couple of years. The only other 21st Century Willie I can think of is former Steeler Willie Parker.

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