Today In Brewers History: Dave Parker Drives Through

Even Brewer fans could be excused for not remembering Dave Parker as a Brewer. He signed with the team as a free agent in 1990 after 17 major league seasons with the Pirates, Reds and A's. Over that time he had made six All Star appearances and won three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger awards and the 1978 NL MVP.

With that said, he had a pretty good start to his Brewer career, too. On this day in 1990 the 39-year-old entered play with a .324/.360/.520 line, and improved on it by going 3-for-4 and scoring two runs in a 5-4 win over the Yankees. His first hit, a single to lead off the second inning, was the 2500th of his career.

Parker made his final All Star appearance and won his final Silver Slugger award in his lone season as a Brewer before signing with the Angels before the 1991 season. There are five former Brewers among the 83 major leaguers with 2500 career hits, but only one of them had fewer hits as a Brewer than Parker:

Player Hits As Brewer
Hank Aaron 3771 171
Dave Parker 2712 176
Gary Sheffield 2689 287
Paul Molitor 3319 2281
Robin Yount 3142 3142

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

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