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Glenn Earle Davis

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The adopted brother of pitcher Storm Davis, Glenn Davis was signed as a 1st round pick (secondary phase) in the January 1981 amateur draft by the Houston Astros and scout Gerry Hunsicker.

Davis was one of the better power hitters of the late 1980s. He has the most career home runs by a Houston Astro who spent his entire Astros career in the pitcher-friendly Astrodome. Davis was part of a major trade in early 1991 that sent him to the Baltimore Orioles for Curt Schilling, Pete Harnisch and Steve Finley - in retrospect the Astros clearly got the better part of the deal. Davis ran through a bizarre series of injuries, including a nerve problem in his neck that caused his shoulder muscles to atrophy, suffering a jaw broken in a barroom brawl while on a rehab assignment, and finally being knocked out by a foul ball while in the dugout soon after making it back to the majors. Thus, he went into decline as soon as he joined the O's, in spite of moving to what should have been a better environment for power hitters.

By 1994, the mustachioed muscleman returned to the minors with the Omaha Royals. He hit very well, finishing second to Drew Denson with 27 homers (tied with Dwayne Hosey) and second to Denson with 97 RBI. That earned him a try in Japan. Davis signed with the Hanshin Tigers and hit .256/.317/.468 in 1995; nothing impressive but good enough to lead the last-place team with 23 homers. He returned in 1996 and became the 10th player in Nippon Pro Baseball history to hit a sayonara (walk-off) grand slam home run to win a game; he was the first gaijin to accomplish that feat. He was hitting just .237/.320/.430 after 33 games, though, and was released in June in favor of Kevin Maas. He finished that year with the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League, then retired.

Davis's career bears many similarities to that of his near-namesake Alvin Glenn Davis - both were star first basemen for half a decade for a western-division team, known for their power. Both faded surprisingly quickly, then played for a short span in Japan.

Davis has the most home runs of all players who have never hit a grand slam (in the majors): he collected 190 round-trippers over the course of his career, but never once connected with the bases loaded.

Glenn Davis currently lives in Columbus, Georgia where he is an elected member of the City Council.

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