A star high school athlete in the Bay Area, Steve Davis enrolled at Stanford University, where he was a starting shortstop and a top performer in the PAC 10. He was drafted by the Cubs in the 14th round of the 1976 amateur draft and spent four seasons in their minor league system before making a brief appearance with Chicago in 1979. He got one start, in the second game of a doubleheader on September 25 against the Mets at Wrigley Field. In his first big league at-bat he hit a groundball that scored Dave Kingman to tie the game. He went 0-for-4 but had that one RBI to show for his big league career. With Ivan DeJesus entrenched at short for the Cubs, Davis had no future with the club. He signed as a free agent with the Blue Jays and spent parts of two seasons at their Triple-A club before leaving professional baseball.