This week’s tribute to the 1973 Mets goes to the late Harry Parker. Parker was a pitcher on the 1973 team, used primarily in relief. In fact, in the 1973 season, Parker appeared in 38 games, 29 0f which were relief appearances. In 1973, Parker recorded 96.2 innings pitched with 63 strikeouts and 36 walks. He pitched to a 3.35 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. 1973 was Parker’s best statistical year. He pitched in 1 game of the NLCS against the Reds, pitching 1 inning and allowing 1 run, taking the loss in that game. He pitched in 3 games of the World Series against the As, going 0-1, allowing 1 run (unearned) over 3.1 innings pitched.
Parker was originally drafted by the Saint Louis Cardinals in 1965, and made his major league debut with the Cardinals in 1970. After 2 seasons with St. Louis, Parker was traded to the Mets, along with Jim Beauchamp, Chip Coulter, and Chuck Taylor for Art Shamsky, Charlie Hudson, Rich Folkers, and Jim Bibby. During the 1975 season, Parker was waived by the Mets and claimed by the Cardinals. After the 1975 season, he was traded to the Indians for Roric Harrison. Parker retired after the 1976 season at 29 years of age, having experienced persistent arm trouble.
Over his 6-year career, Parker pitched 315.1 innings, and struck out 172. He had a career ERA of 3.85, and a 1.40 WHIP. Parker passed away on May 29th, 2012 at the age of 64. Here’s a Rising Apple hat-tip to a fallen member of the 1973 New York Mets, pitcher Harry Parker.