Monday, April 2, 2012 | 2:23 a.m.
The 1983 Las Vegas Stars team inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame would likely have never received such an honor without outfielder Gerry Davis.
Davis was a standout on Las Vegas’ inaugural minor league team, leading the team in a number of statistical categories as a 24-year old up-and-comer.
Davis batted for a .298 average with a .425 on-base percentage, hitting 23 home runs with 100 RBI. His production that year was rewarded with a call-up to the San Diego Padres.
Davis promptly reached base safely eight times in 18 plate appearances with the Padres in 1983. He stuck around Las Vegas for two more seasons, continuing to hit well but losing some of his power with only nine home runs in 513 at-bats.
Despite another positive stretch with the big-league club in 1985, where Davis hit .293 in 58 at-bats, he never received a third chance in the majors.
Davis bounced around a few different franchises in the late 1980s before calling it quits, leaving Las Vegas behind but also securing a legacy as one of the team’s best players.