Dave Parker Stats

Dave Parker was born on Saturday, June 9, 1951, in Calhoun, Mississippi. Parker was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 12, 1973, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Dave Parker baseball stats page.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"The talent Dave Parker has is just awesome," said Pirate captain Willie Stargell . "He can excel in every phase of the game." "Dave Parker can beat you in every way," says Pirate Manager Chuck Tanner . "He can beat you with the home run, or the single. He can beat you with his speed, or his throwing arm or his defense. He is the complete player." - The Pittsburgh Press (03/17/1980, 'Pirate Profiles: Dave Parker', Sports Page B-8)

Dave Parker

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Dave "The Cobra" Parker Autograph on a 1983 Donruss (#473)

Birth Name:
David Gene Parker
Nickname:
Dave or The Cobra
Born On:
06-09-1951  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Calhoun, Mississippi
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Courter Tech High School (Cincinnati, OH)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-05
Player Weight Chart Weight:
230
First Game:
07-12-1973 (Age 22)
Last Game:
10-02-1991
Draft:
1970 : 14th Round (325th)

Dave Parker

Dave Parker Pitching Stats

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Dave Parker

Dave Parker Hitting Stats

1973 22 Pirates 54 139 17 40 9 1 4 0 14 2 1 27 1 0 2 2 .288 .308 .453
1974 23 Pirates 73 220 27 62 10 3 4 1 29 10 1 53 0 0 3 3 .282 .322 .409
1975 24 Pirates 148 558 75 172 35 10 25 0 101 38 4 89 0 1 5 18 .308 .357 .541
1976 25 Pirates 138 537 82 168 28 10 13 0 90 30 6 80 0 4 2 16 .313 .349 .475
1977 26 Pirates 159 637 107 215 44 8 21 1 88 58 13 107 0 4 7 7 .338 .397 .531
1978 27 Pirates 148 581 102 194 32 12 30 0 117 57 23 92 0 2 2 8 .334 .394 .585
1979 28 Pirates 158 622 109 193 45 7 25 0 94 67 14 101 0 9 9 7 .310 .380 .526
1980 29 Pirates 139 518 71 153 31 1 17 0 79 25 5 69 0 5 2 8 .295 .327 .458
1981 30 Pirates 67 240 29 62 14 3 9 0 48 9 3 25 0 3 2 5 .258 .287 .454
1982 31 Pirates 73 244 41 66 19 3 6 0 29 22 2 45 0 3 1 7 .270 .330 .447
1983 32 Pirates 144 552 68 154 29 4 12 0 69 28 6 89 0 6 0 11 .279 .311 .411
1984 33 Reds 156 607 73 173 28 0 16 1 94 41 10 89 0 6 1 8 .285 .328 .410
1985 34 Reds 160 635 88 198 42 4 34 2 125 52 24 80 0 4 3 26 .312 .365 .551
1986 35 Reds 162 637 89 174 31 3 31 2 116 56 16 126 0 6 1 18 .273 .330 .477
1987 36 Reds 153 589 77 149 28 0 26 0 97 44 13 104 0 6 8 14 .253 .311 .433
1988 37 Athletics 101 377 43 97 18 1 12 0 55 32 2 70 0 2 0 3 .257 .314 .406
1989 38 Athletics 144 553 56 146 27 0 22 1 97 38 13 91 0 8 1 21 .264 .308 .432
1990 39 Brewers 157 610 71 176 30 3 21 0 92 41 11 102 0 14 4 18 .289 .330 .451
1991 40 Angels 119 466 45 108 22 2 11 0 56 29 3 91 0 3 3 9 .232 .279 .358
1991 40 Blue Jays 13 36 2 12 4 0 0 0 3 4 0 7 0 0 0 0 .333 .400 .444
19 Years 2,466 9,358 1,272 2,712 526 75 339 8 1,493 683 170 1,537 1 86 56 209 .290 .339 .471

Dave Parker

Dave Parker Fielding Stats

1973 Pirates CF 16 15 336 37 2.3 35 35 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .946 2.81
1973 Pirates LF 4 1 45 5 1.3 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1973 Pirates RF 19 15 408 40 2.1 39 36 3 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.58
1974 Pirates 1B 6 5 165 56 9.3 56 53 3 0 9 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.16
1974 Pirates CF 15 14 324 37 2.5 36 35 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .973 3.00
1974 Pirates LF 10 7 225 21 2.1 19 18 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .905 2.28
1974 Pirates RF 28 21 618 50 1.8 49 47 2 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.14
1975 Pirates RF 141 141 3,759 331 2.3 322 315 7 9 2 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.31
1976 Pirates RF 134 134 357 319 2.4 305 293 12 14 0 n/a n/a n/a .956 23.07
1977 Pirates 2B 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1977 Pirates RF 158 158 444 422 2.7 407 381 26 15 9 n/a n/a n/a .964 24.75
1978 Pirates RF 147 147 3,909 329 2.2 316 304 12 13 3 n/a n/a n/a .960 2.18
1979 Pirates RF 158 158 459 374 2.4 359 343 16 15 2 n/a n/a n/a .960 21.12
1980 Pirates RF 130 129 3,273 260 2.0 251 237 14 9 0 n/a n/a n/a .965 2.07
1981 Pirates RF 60 59 1,476 116 1.9 109 108 1 7 0 n/a n/a n/a .940 1.99
1982 Pirates RF 63 62 1,581 117 1.9 112 110 2 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .957 1.91
1983 Pirates RF 142 139 3,678 293 2.1 285 281 4 8 2 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.09
1984 Reds RF 151 150 3,903 310 2.1 302 296 6 8 1 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.09
1985 Reds RF 159 158 450 348 2.2 338 328 10 10 1 n/a n/a n/a .971 20.28
1986 Reds RF 159 157 4,197 296 1.9 287 277 10 9 2 n/a n/a n/a .970 1.85
1987 Reds 1B 9 9 231 81 9.0 80 76 4 1 7 n/a n/a n/a .988 9.35
1987 Reds RF 142 141 3,633 297 2.1 287 275 12 10 3 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.13
1988 Athletics 1B 1 1 18 7 7.0 7 5 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.50
1988 Athletics LF 34 34 807 67 2.0 63 59 4 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .940 2.11
1989 Athletics RF 1 1 24 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1990 Brewers 1B 3 3 69 25 8.3 24 24 0 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .960 9.39
RF Totals 1,792 1,770 32,169 3,904 2.2 3,770 3,633 137 134 28 n/a n/a n/a .966 3.16
LF Totals 48 42 1,077 93 1.9 87 82 5 6 0 n/a n/a n/a .935 2.18
CF Totals 31 29 660 74 2.4 71 70 1 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .959 2.90
1B Totals 19 18 483 169 8.9 167 158 9 2 20 n/a n/a n/a .988 9.34
2B Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
18 Years 1,891 1,859 34,389 4,240 2.2 4,095 3,943 152 145 48 n/a n/a n/a .966 3.22

Dave Parker

Dave Parker Miscellaneous Stats

1973 Pirates 1 1 .500 15 2 n/a 34.8 5.1 9.9 - - -
1974 Pirates 3 3 .500 21 2 n/a 55.0 4.2 7.6 - - -
1975 Pirates 8 6 .571 7 0 n/a 22.3 6.3 5.5 - - -
1976 Pirates 19 7 .731 4 0 n/a 41.3 6.7 6.0 - - -
1977 Pirates 17 19 .472 1 0 n/a 30.3 6.0 7.2 - - -
1978 Pirates 20 7 .741 1 0 n/a 19.4 6.3 5.0 - - -
1979 Pirates 20 4 .833 0 0 n/a 24.9 6.2 6.6 - - -
1980 Pirates 10 7 .588 9 0 n/a 30.5 7.5 6.6 - - -
1981 Pirates 6 2 .750 7 1 n/a 26.7 9.6 5.0 - - -
1982 Pirates 7 5 .583 10 0 n/a 40.7 5.4 8.4 - - -
1983 Pirates 12 9 .571 2 0 n/a 46.0 6.2 8.0 - - -
1984 Reds 11 10 .524 6 0 n/a 37.9 6.8 6.5 - - -
1985 Reds 5 13 .278 2 0 n/a 18.7 7.9 5.1 - - -
1986 Reds 1 6 .143 4 0 n/a 20.5 5.1 5.5 - - -
1987 Reds 7 3 .700 3 0 n/a 22.7 5.7 6.1 - - -
1988 Athletics 0 1 .000 9 0 61 31.4 5.4 6.9 - - -
1989 Athletics 0 0 .000 7 0 140 25.1 6.1 5.7 - - -
1990 Brewers 4 7 .364 1 0 153 29.0 6.0 6.6 - - -
1991 Angels 3 2 .600 0 0 119 42.4 5.1 8.3 - - -
1991 Blue Jays 0 1 .000 3 0 11 0.0 5.1 12.0 - - -
19 Years 154 113 .577 112 5 484 27.6 6.1 6.3 - - -

Dave Parker

Dave Parker Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1973 Pittsburgh Pirates 39 $15,000.00 - -
1974 Pittsburgh Pirates 39 $15,000.00 - -
1975 Pittsburgh Pirates 39 $16,000.00 - -
1976 Pittsburgh Pirates 39 $68,500.00 - -
1977 Pittsburgh Pirates 39 $110,000.00 Stats -
1978 Pittsburgh Pirates 39 $175,000.00 - -
1979 Pittsburgh Pirates 39 $775,000.00 Stats Stats
1980 Pittsburgh Pirates 39 $775,000.00 Stats -
1981 Pittsburgh Pirates 39 $775,000.00 Stats -
1982 Pittsburgh Pirates 39 $775,000.00 - -
1983 Pittsburgh Pirates 39 $775,000.00 - -
1984 Cincinnati Reds 39 $925,000.00 - -
1985 Cincinnati Reds 39 $970,000.00 Stats -
1986 Cincinnati Reds 39 $1,041,666.00 Stats -
1987 Cincinnati Reds 39 $1,041,666.00 - -
1988 Oakland Athletics 39 $1,041,666.00 - Stats
1989 Oakland Athletics 39 $975,000.00 - Stats
1990 Milwaukee Brewers 39 $1,250,000.00 Stats -
1991 California Angels 39 $1,600,000.00 - -
1991 Toronto Blue Jays 39 "     " - -
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baseball almanac fast facts

Parker Power (see picture below) was a modest description compared to his confidence, "I can hit home runs, hit for average. I'm an excellent fielder. I've an excellent arm. So, I'm an intimidating force. I think I'm intimidating to all of them - pitchers, catchers, even outfielders, who can't play me straight because I can hit to all parts of the field." That comment appeared in Ebony (October 1979, Dererk A. Reveron, 'DAVE PARKER: Big Man, Big Bat and Baseball's Biggest Salary', Page 88), just seven short years into The Cobra's career. A few more numbers of interest:
Dave Parker Sign
Dave Parker / Parker Power Sign | Ebony Magazine (October 1979, Page 89)

1 - Dave Parker was "an intimidating force" and won one Most Valuable Player Award , in 1978, the third Pirates player ( Dick Groat in 1960, Roberto Clemente in 1966) to win the honor.

2 - Dave Parker could "hit to all parts of the field" and won two batting titles , hitting .338 in 1977 and .334 in 1978. The last Pirate batting champion with two consecutively? Roberto Clemente who hit .339 in 1964 then .329 in 1965.

3 - Dave Parker said he was an "excellent fielder" and has the hardware to prove it, winning three consecutive Gold Glove Awards (1977 through 1979).

3 - Dave Parker said he could "hit for average" and has the hardware to prove it, winning three Silver Slugger Awards (1985, 1986, 1990) six years after he was quoted.

7 - Dave Parker was a seven time All-Star, 1977 , 1979 , 1980 , 1981 , 1985 , 1986 , and 1990 . In the 1979 All-Star Game , Parker showcased that "excellent arm" by throwing out Jim Rice at third base and Angels catcher Brian Downing at home - The Cobra won the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award .

24 - Dave Parker was intentionally walked a National League leading twenty-four times in 1985 , in Cincinnati . Only four Reds , before The Cobra, were ever walked more than twenty-times in season: Ted Kluszewski , Frank Robinson , Leo Cardenas , and Johnny Bench .

When Dave Parker jumped to the American League in 1988, he stopped being an outfielder primarily, switched to the designated hitter position, and won two consecutive Outstanding Designated Hitter Awards , including the first ever by a Milwaukee Brewers ' player.

Do you believe The Cobra should be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame ( HOF RF'ers )? Tell us your opinion on Baseball Fever . Here is a complete breakdown of what the Baseball Writers Association of America thought: 1997: 17.5%, 1998: 24.5%, 1999: 16.1%, 2000: 20.8%, 2001: 16.3%, 2002: 14.0%, 2003: 10.3%, 2004: 10.5%, 2005: 12.6%, 2006: 14.6%, 2007: 11.4%, 2008: 15.1%, 2009: 15.0%, 2010: 15.2%, 2011: 15.3% [Removed From Ballot].

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