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Salty Parker

Francis James "Salty" Parker
Born: (1912-07-08)July 8, 1912
East St. Louis, Illinois
Died: July 27, 1992(1992-07-27) (aged 80)
Houston, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 13, 1936 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 16, 1936 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Batting average .280
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 4

Francis James "Salty" Parker (July 8, 1912 – July 27, 1992) was a Major League Baseball infielder, coach and manager. Born in East St. Louis, Illinois, Parker played in the Major Leagues for one month from August 13, 1936 through September 16, 1936. He appeared in 11 games, 7 at shortstop, for the Detroit Tigers, collecting seven hits and four RBIs for a .280 batting average and a .333 on-base percentage. Parker was sent to the Tigers on December 2, 1936 in a trade with Indianapolis American Association that also brought Dizzy Trout to the Tigers. Though Parker only played a month, Trout was a Major League pitcher for years, and eventually the Tigers' ace.

After a lengthy minor league managerial career, including a stint managing Leones de Escogido in the Dominican Republic (1957–59), Parker coached for the San Francisco Giants (1958–61), Cleveland Indians (1962), Los Angeles/California Angels (1964–66; 1973–74), New York Mets (1967) and Houston Astros (1968–72) and served brief stints as manager of the Mets (11 games in 1967) and Astros (1 game in 1972). After his MLB coaching career, Parker scouted for the Angels and remained active in Houston-area baseball, coaching in the Karl Young League for many years.

Parker died in 1992 at age 80 in Houston, Texas.