Storm Davis

Once a promising young starter for the Orioles (14-9, 3.12 as a 22-year-old in 1984), Davis seemed washed up with the Padres in 1987. He rallied in Oakland to win the AL Comeback Player of the Year award with a 16-7 record for the 1988 AL champions and was 19-7 with a 4.36 ERA in 1989. The earthquake during the ’89 World Series and the resulting days off led manager Tony LaRussa skip Davis’ turn.

A free agent after the season, Davis was close to signing with the Blue Jays when a madman gunned down 17 women in Montreal. His wife vetoed any move north of the border, and Davis signed with Kansas City instead. Over the rest of his career, he spent most of his time in the bullpen, drifting back to the Orioles and A’s and finally to the Tigers.

Storm grew up with Astros slugger Glenn Davis, who was raised by Storm’s parents and adopted the family name. His nickname reportedly came from his resemblance to Orioles’ Cy Young (short for cyclone) Award-winning hurler Jim Palmer.