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Position: 1B      Born: Mar 28, 1961      Bats: Right      Throws: Right

The product of a broken home, Davis was taken in by the parents of future big league pitcher Storm Davis. He had a difficult childhood but found a focus in religion and in baseball.

Davis was a slugging first baseman selected in the first round of Supplemental Draft in January, 1981. After smacking his way through the minors, Davis clubbed 20 homers in 100 games in 1985, setting a franchise rookie record for homers.

As a full-time starter in 1986, Davis quickly became one of the most feared hitters in the league. He averaged over 30 homers per season during the next four years, an amazing total for a player whose home park was the Astrodome. He became the first Houston batter to twice hit three homers in a game. Among Astros with at least 100 career homers, only Jeff Bagwell has hit homers at a more frequent pace than Davis -- and that just barely.

In his day, Davis was one of the National League's top sluggers. But he had the misfortune to play in one of the league's worst parks for hitting. When he finally got a chance to swing the bat in a hitter's park, he was unable to play.

The two-time All-Star was the first Astro to hit 30 homers three times. From 1985 to 1990 he hit 164 homers, with less than half that total coming at home in the expansive Astrodome. His best home run output was 34 in 1989. In 1986, he knocked in a career-high 101 runs and helped the Astros win the NL West title. He homered for the only run in Houston's 1-0 win over the New York Mets in Game 1 of the storied 1986 NL Championship Series.

In 1991, Davis was shipped to Baltimore in an unpopular cost-cutting move that gained the team three future stars: Steve Finley, Curt Schilling and Pete Harnisch.