Eric Davis Does a Perfect Imitation of Willie Stargell’s Batting Stance

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Even the superstars had their heroes. For Eric Davis, an All-Star, Gold Glove winner, and World Series champion, one of his childhood heroes was the legendary Willie Stargell.

In this video from the Cincinnati Reds spring training complex, Davis performs an uncanny impression of Stargell’s distinctive routine in the batters’ box.

Stargell, known as “Pops,” is a Hall of Fame outfielder. In 1979, Stargell won the National League Most Valuable Player Award, and was also named MVP of the World Series, which his Pirates won over Baltimore.

Davis played 17 seasons, nine of them with the Reds. In 1990, he won a World Series title as the center fielder for Cincinnati. He hit 282 home runs and stole 349 bases in his career. Davis is the only major leaguer to have as many as 20 home runs and 80 stolen bases in the same season.

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Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes is the author of three books about baseball, including Ty Cobb: A Biography. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media. He lives in Michigan where he writes, runs, and enjoys a good orange soda now and again.
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