» June 4, 1970: In the June draft, the Padres select high school catcher Mike Ivie as the number-one pick and sign him in three days to a $100,000 contract. He'll play in the ML 11 years but catch only nine games in the bigs because of a phobia about throwing the ball back to the pitcher. Choosing next, the Indians take Stanford P Steve Dunning, who will debut in 10 days. Catchers Barry Foote (Expos) and Darrell Porter (Brewers) go next. The Pirates wait till the 14th round to take Dave Parker. Rich Gossage goes in the 9th round to the White Sox; Rick Reuschel to the Cubs (3); pitcher Dale Murphy to the Braves (18th). The Giants took Randy Moffitt and Chris Speier on the first round in January and repeat the good first round picks today with John D'Acquisto and Dave Kingman. The Reds take prep SS Gary Polczynski in the first round, but have better luck in the 8th (Will McEnaney), the 10th (Ray Knight) and the 19th (Pat Zachry). The Phillies, Royals, Dodgers, and Angels pick 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th on the first round and also come up with duds. Future seventeen-year major leaguer Frank White goes undrafted today.
» April 10, 1976:
In the Opening Day 5–4 win at Pittsburgh, Dave Parker scores the winning run in a violent collision at the plate with Phils' C Johnny Oates. Oates will miss two months with a broken collar bone.
» July 29, 1977: Phil Niekro picks up his 10th win of the year, beating the Pirates 5–3 for the Braves. But he has to strike out four Bucs in the 6th inning to do it. He struck out Dave Parker and Bill Robinson, but after Al Oliver doubled, Rennie Stennett whiffed and reached 1st when the ball eluded the catcher. Omar Moreno then made the 4th K in the inning.
» August 21, 1977: Pittsburgh's Rennie Stennett, batting .336 for the season, breaks his right leg sliding into 2B during a 5–4 loss to San Francisco. He will be out for the yerar, falling 12 plate appearances short of qualifying for the batting title, won by teammate Dave Parker at .338. Stennett will never again hit higher than .244.
» September 19, 1978: During a 12–11 win over the Cubs, the Pirates' 38-year-old, lead-footed Willie Stargell attempts to steal 2B. The Cubs' SS waits with the ball as Stargell slides 10 feet short of the base, signaling "time-out." The Pirates led 11–2 in the 7th, but the Cubs rally and tie it in the 9th. Dave Parker homers in 11th off Bruce Sutter to give the Bucs their 7th straight win and 30th in their last 38 since August 12. Besides his two homers, Parker adds two run scoring singles.
» November 15, 1978: The Pirates Dave Parker wins the National League MVP Award, 320-194 over the Dodgers Steve Garvey. Parker had 30 home runs, 117 RBI, and league-leading figures in batting (.334), slugging (.585), and total bases (340).
» July 17, 1979: The National League wins its 8th straight All-Star Game 7–6 at Seattle. Lee Mazzilli homers to tie the game in the 8th, and walks in the 9th to bring in the winning run. Dave Parker, with two outstanding throws, is named the game's MVP, and Pete Rose plays a record 5th All-Star position. The Red Sox provide the starting OF for the American League in Rice, Yaz, and Lynn, though Yaz has played 1B most of the season.
» October 3, 1979:
The Pirates win in the 10th inning 3–2 as Omar Moreno and Dave Parker smack singles that snap a 2–2 tie.
» October 10, 1979: The Orioles score five times in the first inning of the World Series, hanging on to defeat the Pirates 5–4 in game 1. Dave Parker has four hits for the losers.
» December 7, 1983:
The Reds sign their first major free agent: OF Dave Parker, who accepts a 2-year contract.
» August 24, 1984: Despite allowing just one hit—an RBI single to Dave Parker in the 7th inning—Pittsburgh's Jose DeLeon loses to the Reds 2–0. DeLeon walks three and strikes out eight but is beaten by Jeff Russell, who tosses a 3-hitter of his own.
» September 20, 1985: A federal jury in Pittsburgh convicts Curtis Strong of 11 counts of cocaine distribution after a trial whose prosecution witnesses revealed how widely the drug problem afflicts major league baseball. Prominent players who were granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for testimony include Dave Parker, Lonnie Smith, Keith Hernandez, Jeffrey Leonard, and Tim Raines.
» February 28, 1986: In baseball's sternest disciplinary move since the Black Sox were banished for life, Commissioner Ueberroth gives seven players who were admitted drug users a choice of a year's suspension without pay or heavy fines and career-long drug testing, along with 100 hours of drug-related community service. Joaquin Andujar, Jeffrey Leonard, Enos Cabell, Keith Hernandez, Dave Parker, Dale Berra, and Lonnie Smith will be fined 10 percent of their annual salaries, while 14 other players will receive lesser penalties for their involvement with illegal drugs.
» July 22, 1986:
The Mets win a crazy five-hour marathon with the Reds in 14 innings, winning 6–3 (as recalled by Bill Deane). Setting the tone, Darryl Strawberry is ejected after arguing a called 3rd strike in the 5th. In the 9th, Howard Johnson inadvertently kicks the ball after Reds C Bo Diaz drops a third strike. Johnson runs out of the baseline and is hit in the back with the throw from pitcher Ron Robinson. Reds coach Billy DeMars is ejected for arguing the safe call. The Mets, down 3–1, with two out, tie the game when Dave Parker who drops a routine fly ball. In the 10th, Davey Johnson sends in pitcher Rick Aguilera to hit for pitcher Doug Sisk. Aguilera walks, but is stranded. In the Reds 10th, pinch-runner Eric Davis steals 2B and 3B, bumping into Ray Knight. Knight decks Davis and both benches empty. Knight, Davis, Kevin Mitchell and Mario Soto are ejected. Gary Carter moves to 3B, McDowell comes in to pitch, and Orosco moves from the mound to RF. With two out and a runner on 2B in the 11th, Orosco returns to pitch, McDowell moves to LF, and Mookie Wilson shifts to right. Rose protests when Orosco is permitted eight warm-up pitches. Orosco whiffs Max Venable to end the inning. In the 12th, The Mets are forced to lead off the inning with Orosco and McDowell, and go down in order. McDowell returns to pitch in the 13th and gets Tony Perez to fly to Orosco in right. Howard Johnson belts a three-run homer in the 14th and McDowell retires the side in order.
» December 8, 1987: Cincinnati trades OF Dave Parker to the A's for pitchers Jose Rijo and Tim Birtsas, the Braves trade SS Rafael Ramirez to the Astros for a pair of minor leaguers, and in the day's biggest (and most lopsided) deal, the Cubs send dominating reliever Lee Smith to the Red Sox for pitchers Al Nipper and Calvin Schiraldi.
» December 3, 1989: Thirty-eight-year-old DH Dave Parker, who had 22 home runs and 97 RBI for the World Champion A's, signs with the Brewers as a free agent. As compensation, Oakland receives Milwaukee's first round draft pick, using it to take Todd Van Poppel, as well as a compensation pick, selecting another pitcher Kirk Dressendorffer.
» April 16, 1990: At Fenway, the Brewers have 20 hits, but no home runs, in pounding Boston, 18–0. It is Milwaukee's largest shutout margin ever. Dave Parker has four hits including three doubles as Ted Higuera is the easy winner over Mike Boddicker. All five Sox pitchers allowed runs.
» June 27, 1990: Brewers DH Dave Parker gets his 2,500th career hit in a 5–4 win over the Yankees.
» March 14, 1991: The Angels obtain DH Dave Parker from the Brewers in exchange for OF Dante Bichette and a player to be named later.
» November 13, 1992: Former Reds marketing director Charles Levy, in a deposition in support of fired Controller Tom Sabo's suit against the Reds, says Marge Schott referred to former Reds Eric Davis and Dave Parker as "million-dollar niggers." He also says she had a swastika arm band at home. Roger Blaemire, a former veep, testifies that he also heard her use racial slurs.