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|Full Name at Birth||
David Gene Parker
9th June, 1951
6' 5" (196 cm)
230lbs (104 kg)
Courter Tech (Cincinnati, OH)
Former Major League Baseball Player
|MLB First Game Date||
12th July, 1973
|MLB Final Game Date||
2nd October, 1991
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 14th round of the 1970 amateur draft.
David Gene Parker (born June 9, 1951), nicknamed "The Cobra", is an American former player in Major League Baseball. He was the 1978 National League MVP and a two-time batting champion. Parker was the first professional athlete to earn an average of one million dollars per year, having signed a 5-year, $5 million contract in January 1979. Parker's career achievements include 2712 hits, 339 home runs, 1493 runs batted in and a lifetime batting average of .290. Parker was also known as a solid defensive outfielder during the first half of his career, with a powerful arm. From 1975 to 1979, he threw out 72 runners, including 26 in 1977.