Saturday, June 28, 2008

1985 Fleer Alvin Davis

Who is this? Mariners first baseman Alvin Davis.

What is this? An autographed 1985 Fleer card, number 488.

Where'd I get it? Big auction lot.

How much did it cost? Less than a buck.

Why is this so special? Known as Mr. Mariner Alvin was the first - and pretty much only - star the Seattle Mariners had before Junior showed up. Alvin was the Rookie af the Year in 1984 and manned first for the M's for 8 years. His stats don't look spectacular nowadays, but 20 homers a season and a lifetime .280 average was pretty good for the dead-ball 80's. Alvin retired in 1992 after only 9 seasons in the league and a brief stay in Japan. He's still a fan favorite in Seattle though and he was the first member of the Mariners' Hall of Fame. Alvin knows his bible verses too as he has his signature inscribed with 1 Timothy 2:5: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" Alvin's an 80's star and a nice guy it seems.

1 comment:

Andy said...

Davis was very much representative of the totally futile Mariners franchise. I agree he was not a bad player, nor though was he a true star or worthy of his status as a team's marquis player. As a result, his image suffered. Had he been the second-best player on his team, his image would have been much better.