Dave Parker Speaker Profile
Retired Outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates & Cincinnati Reds
Dave Parker Biography
David "The Cobra" Parker was born June 9, 1951 in Calhoun, Mississippi and is an American former player in Major League Baseball. He was the 1978 National League MVP and a two-time batting champion.
He began his career on July 12, 1973 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, for whom he played from 1973 to 1983. In 1977, he was National League batting champion, a feat he repeated in 1978 when he was named the National League's MVP. The Pirates rewarded him with baseball's first million-dollar-per-year contract. The following year, he was an instrumental part of the Pirates' World Series championship team.
At the end of the 1983 season, Parker became a free agent and signed with the Cincinnati Reds. In Cincinnati, he returned to the form that made him an All-Star in Pittsburgh. In 1985, he enjoyed his best season since he won the 1978 MVP with a .312 batting average, 34 home runs, and 125 RBI. Parker finished second in 1985 MVP voting to Willie McGee.
After the 1987 season, Cincinnati traded Parker to the Oakland Athletics for JosÃ© Rijo and Tim Birtsas. In Oakland, Parker was able to extend his career by spending most of his time as a designated hitter. Although injuries and age caught up to him to a degree -- he hit just .257 with 12 homers in 377 ABs in 1988 and .264 with 22 homers in 553 ABs in 1989-his veteran leadership was a significant factor in the A's consecutive World Series appearances.
Parker signed with Milwaukee for the 1990 season and had a solid season as the Brewers DH with a .289 average and 21 home runs in 610 ABs. However, Milwaukee opted for youth at the end of the year and traded the aging Parker for Dante Bichette.
Parker's last season was 1991. He played for the Angels until late in the season when he was released. Toronto signed him as insurance for the pennant race, and Parker hit .333 in limited action. However, since he was acquired too late in the season, he was not qualified for inclusion in the post-season roster thus was unable to play in the American League Championship Series against the Minnesota Twins (Which Blue Jays eventually lost in 5 games). At the end of the year, Parker retired.
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