Sport: Hailing The First Eric Davis

A man who can steal a base and hit a home run is a joy forever

New Willie Mayses are the perennial hope of baseball, which, counting McCovey and Stargell, is completely out of wondrous Willies now and is missing Henry Aaron and Roberto Clemente too. And Frank Robinson and Lou Brock. The widespread news that they have all come back as Eric Davis of the Cincinnati Reds is a prospect more wishful and bountiful than seems humanly possible just 30 games into another season.

When Davis hit two home runs one recent evening in Philadelphia, the Phillies pitcher Don Carman prescribed kryptonite. But at 6 ft. 3 in., scarcely 180 lbs., physically he is not even...

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