December 4, 1989 |
The Milwaukee Brewers joined the free-agent frenzy Sunday, signing Dave Parker as big names again traded places at baseball's winter meetings. Mark Davis, Joe Carter, Danny Tartabull and Jeff Reardon also might be moved this week, even though teams face no deadlines to deal at the annual gathering. The Brewers, looking to help themselves in several areas, dipped into the free-agent pool for the first time since 1980 by signing Parker to a two-year, $3 million contract.
June 17, 1990 |
At one time he was considered the most complete player in baseball. His offensive skills featured blacksmith power and wide receiver speed in a tight end body. Defensively, sure hands and a rocket arm earned him three Gold Gloves. He grew up in the shadow of Willie Stargell, the "We Are Family" leader of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the late 1970s and early 1980s, and Dave Parker ushered in the era of seven-figure contracts.
May 4, 1988
The Pittsburgh Pirates have alleged in federal court that years of cocaine addiction reduced Dave Parker from a star outfielder to an overweight, injury-prone second-rater who didn't deserve the money he got. In a breach-of-contract suit filed last Friday in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, the team claims that not only should Parker forfeit $5.
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March 24, 1991 |
Pithy observations that you may not care about, but at least I thought of them all by myself: Item: An 11-year-old girl testifies in Orange County Superior Court that her grandmother sexually abused her, made her eat human flesh, drink blood out of a glass and take part in satanic rituals in a secret cave. Observation: I hope this silences the people who say we never put any good news in the paper.
April 22, 1986 |
In an action that could carry implications for major league baseball players who are involved in drug-use cases and who are owed deferred income on long-term contracts, the Pittsburgh Pirates filed a lawsuit against former Pirate Dave Parker Monday. The Pirates, under new ownership and attempting to right themselves in troubled financial waters, filed a suit that they hope will rid themselves of a big expense, the deferred payments on Parker's contract.
July 22, 1985 |
One day the colorful, color-coordinated Pirate baseball team rolled into town, wearing those black and yellow uniforms of theirs, which obviously had been purchased from Frederick's of Pittsburgh. It was a hot morning in Chicago and the Pirates were a little hot, too, under their ugly collars. They were playing good baseball, but getting bad vibes. For some reason, the Pirates sensed that they were unloved.