Parker's best season came as a reliever and spot starter for the Mets in their surprise
1973 NL championship season. He went 8-4 with five saves and a 3.35 ERA, all career
bests; he never had another winning season. In Game Four of the LCS, he surrendered
a 12th-inning homer to Pete Rose, taking the loss in relief. He also lost Game Three
of the World Series in the 11th inning on an unearned run. His brother Jack was an
infielder in the Indians' organization.