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From BR Bullpen
Francis James Parker
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 173 lb.
- Debut August 13, 1936
- Final Game September 16, 1936
- Born July 8, 1912 in East St. Louis, IL USA
 Biographical Information
Salty Parker had one season in the major leagues as a player, and two in the major leagues as a manager. He was the nephew of Riley Parker.
Born in 1912, he came up to the majors shortly after he turned 24. In 11 games in 1936 with the Detroit Tigers, he hit .280. It was a big-hitting year though - the Tigers as a team hit exactly .300. Parker was primarily a shortstop, and the Tigers would continue to use Billy Rogell at that position for several more years.
Parker continued to play more or less regularly in the minors into the late 1940s, missing 1944 due to military service, and he continued to get occasional at-bats through 1957. He spent more than a dozen years in the Texas League.
Five years after managing the Mets, he managed the Houston Astros for one game in 1972, in between Harry Walker and Leo Durocher that year. He had coached for the Astros siince 1968. He scouted for the Astros after 1972.
|New York Mets Manager