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Dave Parker's 1974 Topps Rookie Card

Dave Parker signs a baseball

Dave Parker homers as a red

Dave Parker on the cover of a 1977 issue of Sports Illustrated

Dave Parker's Career Stats

When it was all said and done, Parker finished his career with a .290 batting average to go along with 339 HR, 1493 RBI, 2712 hits and 526 doubles. The seven time All-Star slugged .471 in 2466 games while winning 2 World Series, an MVP award, an All-Star game MVP and three Gold Gloves. He led the league in hitting twice, in doubles twice, in total bases three times, in hits once and in slugging twice.

Yet 11 years after his final game, The Cobra is not enshrined in Baseball's Hall of Fame. When he retired, his 339 HR ranked him 45th on the all-time list (he's now 69th) while his 1493 RBI had him 35th (now 41st). He hit more HR than George Brett, Yogi Berra, Rogers Hornsby, Robin Yount and Hank Greenberg and had more RBI than Carlton Fisk, Duke Snider, Paul Molitor, Brooks Robinson, Yount, Berra, Mark McGwire, Johnny Bench and Billy Williams. He ranks 51st on the hit list with 2712 which is more than Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Reggie Jackson, Ernie Banks, Joe Morgan, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Johnny Bench or Joe DiMaggio. Also he ranks 28th on the doubles list with 526, 20 more than Babe Ruth, 103 more than former teammate Willie Stargell, and 137 more than Joe DiMaggio.

Dave Parker continues to be involved in the baseball world. Each year he makes numerous appearances at baseball card and memorabilia shows to sign autographs. After the 2000 season when Three Rivers Stadium closed in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette named Parker as the starting right fielder in the All-Three Rivers team. He also earned honorable mention behind Roberto Clemente on the Pirates All-Century team in 1999 as chosen by Pirate fans and Pittsburgh media. He was also the DH on the Oakland A's All-Century team. In September 2002, Parker played in the Pete Rose Celebrity All-Star game on the away team in Cincinnati. It was the last event ever played at Cinergy Field and the softball game drew over 40,000 fans.

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