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Salty Parker

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Francis James Parker

Died July 27, 1992 in Houston, TX USA

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Biographical Information[edit]

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.

Thirty-one years later, he briefly managed the New York Mets for 11 games in 1967 after Wes Westrum, who managed the team most of the year, was fired. He had been a coach for the Mets prior to that.

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.

He managed the Dallas Eagles in 1957, when Willie McCovey was there.

Some wits have constructed the "All Condiment Team", on which Salty Parker plays, along with Pepper Martin, Mayo Smith, Chili Davis, Pickles Dillhoefer, Frank Buttery, and others.

Preceded by
Wes Westrum
New York Mets Manager
Succeeded by
Gil Hodges

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1939 Lubbock Hubbers West Texas-New Mexico League 90-48 1st Chicago White Sox League Champs
1940 Marshall Tigers East Texas League 67-64 4th none Lost League Finals
1941 Shreveport Sports Texas League 80-71 3rd none Lost in 1st round
1942 Shreveport Sports Texas League 83-61 2nd none League Champs
1943 St. Paul Saints American Association 67-85 7th (t) none
1946 Shreveport Sports Texas League 7th Chicago White Sox replaced by Hub Northen in July while recovering from surgery
1947 Shreveport Sports Texas League 75-59 5th none
1948 Shreveport Sports Texas League 76-77 4th none Lost in 1st round
1949 Shreveport Sports Texas League 80-74 4th none Lost in 1st round
1950 Shreveport Sports Texas League 63-91 7th none
1951 Shreveport Sports Texas League 63-98 8th none
1952 Temple Eagles Big State League 85-62 1st none Lost in 1st round
1953 Temple Eagles Big State League 36-40 -- none -- replaced by Lonnie Goldstein (36-33) on July 3
1954 Tyler Tigers Big State League 92-55 2nd none Lost in 1st round
1955 El Dorado Oilers Cotton States League 70-50 2nd New York Giants Lost League Finals
1956 Danville Leafs Carolina League 83-69 3rd New York Giants Lost League Finals
1957 Dallas Eagles Texas League 102-52 1st New York Giants Lost League Finals
1967 New York Mets National League 4-7 10th New York Mets replaced Wes Westrum (57-94) on September 22
1972 Houston Astros National League 1-0 -- Houston Astros interim between Harry Walker (67-54)
and Leo Durocher on August 26
1976 Cedar Rapids Giants Midwest League 78-53 2nd San Francisco Giants Lost in 1st round

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