Eric Davis is a former professional center fielder who played for several MLB teams, most notably the Cincinnati Reds. Davis was 21 years old when he made his major league debut with the Reds on May 19, 1984. The Reds selected Davis, a native of Los Angeles, California, in the eighth round of the 1980 amateur draft.
Davis spent eight seasons with the Reds and later played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Francisco Giants. He became one of baseball's most exciting players during his peak, achieving a number of rare feats. In 1987, he became the first player in history to hit three grand slams in one month and the first to achieve at least 30 home runs and 50 stolen bases in the same season. In his major league career, he often sustained injuries while winning two MLB All-Star Game selections, three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards. In 1990, he became a World Series champion in the Reds' upset and four-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics.
As of 2017, Davis was a hitting instructor for Elite Development Invitational, in Vero Beach, Florida, and seeks to promote more African American youth participation in baseball. As of 2020, Davis currently works as a roving instructor in the Reds organization.