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These Are Red Letter Days

Cincinnati's Eric Davis, known as E, reminds some of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Roberto Clemente.

Updated: June 15, 2004, 12:16 PM ET
By Ralph Wiley |  

This is a Ralph Wiley Sports Illustrated cover story from May 25, 1987. It's reprinted here courtesy of Sports Illustrated. Copyright (1987), Time Inc. All Rights reserved.

Let's get it straight from the beginning. Eric Davis is not Willie Mays or Henry Aaron or Roberto Clemente. Eric Davis is E. That's it, just E, the single-letter nickname his friends know him by. E's friends are everywhere now, and many of them never saw Mays or Aaron or Clemente. Children who play on scarred inner-city ...

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