^ Daytona Beach Astros first baseman Glenn Davis, a Jacksonville native, during a game on June 28, 1982 in Daytona Beach.
Athletic accomplishments: Played 10 seasons in major leagues as a first baseman or designated hitter with the Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles. A two-time All-Star in the National League, he finished with a .259 career average, 190 home runs and 603 RBI. He played seven seasons in Houston and is fifth in career home runs (166), behind only Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman, Jimmy Wynn and Craig Biggio. Davis finished second in the 1986 NL MVP voting to Mike Schmidt. He hit a home run off the New York Mets’ Dwight Gooden in his first postseason at-bat. In '89, he became the first Astro to hit at least 20 home runs in five consecutive seasons. After the '90 season, he was traded to Baltimore and signed a then club record $3.275 million, one-year contract. He played college ball for one year at Georgia, then transferred to Manatee JC to make himself eligible sooner for the draft. The Astros selected him in the first round of the draft’s secondary phase in '81 and signed Davis for $50,000. At University Christian, he teamed up with former major league pitcher Storm Davis (no relation) to lead the Christians to back-to-back state titles (1978-79).
What he’s doing now: Davis, 49, lives in Columbus, Ga., with his wife Teresa and has three grown daughters, ranging in age from 20-24. He is the CEO of the Cascade Group, which develops hotels in the southeast region of the country, and has served on the Columbus City Council for the past eight years. Davis, who grew up in a broken family and went to live with Storm Davis’ family at age 17, is also heavily involved with several projects catered to helping foster and disadvantaged children. He and his wife founded the Carpenter’s Way ranch for boys in the 1980s. Two years ago, they helped start the Arebella Home for girls.
On keeping a full schedule with all his community service: “I like helping people and problem-solving. I made a promise that if I ever was successful in baseball, I wanted to help children and foster kids have functional lives. It’s stressful at times, but the rewards outweigh the strain. Every day, I wish I had three more of me. I’m on the move. I don’t ever sit down in a chair. Maybe it’d be better for me to back to playing baseball just to get some R&R.”