Dave Parker

Birthdate 06/09/1951
Death Date
Debut Year 1973
Year of Induction
Teams Angels, Athletics, Blue Jays, Brewers, Pirates, Reds
Positions Designated Hitter, Right Field

In the collection are the two documents that called up Dave Parker for his MLB debut as well as his Lifetime Pass. Should he be in the Hall?

In the collection:

Official document that calls up Dave Parker for his MLB debut

Official document that calls up Dave Parker for his MLB debut

In the collection is a pair of documents directly related to the Major League debut of two-time batting champ and former MVP Dave Parker. This is the actual Uniform Agreement for the Assignment of a Player’s Contract to or by a
Original document that notifies Parker of his big league call up

Original document that notifies Parker of his big league call up

Here is the second of the two documents that got the Cobra to the Major Leagues. After the first document assigned his contract to the Majors, this one notified Parker of his big league promotion. Parker has signed and dated this official notice of player’s contract and services.

Baseball oddity: MLB ticket from April in which Parker got a base hit two months before his big league debut

Baseball oddity: MLB ticket from April in which Parker got a base hit two months before his big league debut

Here’s a brain teaser: The ticket above is for a game on April 21, 1973 in which Dave Parker was credited with a base hit. However
1987 Scouting report on Dave Parker

1987 Scouting report on Dave Parker

Every team has an advance scout who travel a week ahead of the team, scouting the current disposition of opponents’ players. They scout the players’ performance and tendencies now, not over a year or a career. The information
Dave Parker's pass to a lifetime of free Major League Baseball

Dave Parker's pass to a lifetime of free Major League Baseball

In the collection is the Golden Ticket for Dave Parker – his lifetime pass to all Major League games. One would suspect Parker’s connections in the game would be enough to secure tickets to any game he wishes to attend. Parker, a two-time batting champ, seven-time All Star compiled 2,712

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Lifetime passes were the brainchild of NL President Ford Frick; here’s a pictorial history

June 18th, 2016

A newspaper man turned league publicist turned league president came up with a brilliant idea in 1934 — reward longtime National League players with a lifetime pass to all NL games. Senior Circuit owners approved Ford Frick’s proposal at the league meeting in December of ’34. A few months later, Frick sent out ornately decorated paper Lifetime Passes to the NL’s greatest players. He even sent one to Babe Ruth who appeared in all of 28 games for the Boston Braves in 1935. A 21-year veteran of the American League, the Babe was grateful if not surprised when he remarked, “At least the National League has a heart”. A picture of the original paper pass presented to Hall of Fame outfielder Sliding Billy Hamilton can be seen below. Perhaps shamed by Ruth’s remarks, the American League joined forces in 1936 to issue a pass to all Major League contests. Players with twenty or more years of service received a solid gold pass. Seventeen men qualified for the true “golden ticket” — Ruth, Fred Clarke, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Bill Dahlen, Harry Davis, Red Faber, Walter Johnson, Sam Jones, Nap Lajoie, Rabbit Maranville, Herb Pennock, Eppa Rixey, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner, Bobby […]

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