Note: This page is for 1970s pitcher Harry Parker; for the umpire in 1887, click here.
Harry William Parker
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 190 lb.
- School University of Tulsa
- High School Collinsville (IL) High School
- Debut August 8, 1970
- Final Game September 14, 1976
- Born September 14, 1947 in Highland, IL USA
- Died May 28, 2012 in Richmond, VA USA
Pitcher Harry Parker was an integral contributor to the New York Mets' pennant run in 1973. Over time, his name has become a byword for a player whose career falls short of the great promise shown as a youngster.
Parker missed the 1969 season due to military service. After his playing career, he enrolled in college, studying mathematics at the University of Tulsa.
In late August of 2012, it was reported that Parker had died a few months earlier, based on a listing in the "Social Security Death Index". However, there was scant other information available about his death, which is very unusual for a player of relatively recent vintage who had a significant career and was a member of a high-profile team. Thus, the SABR Biographical Committee sent out a call for confirmation about the circumstances of his death, making him its "Mystery of the Month", a practice which is typically reserved for 19th century players about which there are some leads, but which have not been fully investigated. Confirmation was later received through Parker's nephew.
- "Harry Parker", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical Research Committee Report, SABR, July/August, 2012, p. 2.