Happy Reds birthday, Dave Parker!
June 9, 1951
Some of the coolest nicknames in baseball are animal-related. Ron Cey (“Penguin”), Andre Dawson (“Hawk”), Rich Gossage (“Goose”), Mark Fidrych (“The Bird”), and of course, Dave Parker (“Cobra”). Parker was a force at the plate, launching 339 home runs and driving in 1493 during his 19-year career for Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Oakland, Milwaukee, California, and Toronto. He was the 1978 NL MVP and finished in the top ten for MVP five other times. Seven times Parker was an All-Star, and he was the very first Home Run Derby champ in 1985.