NEW!! Pre-Order Cobra: A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood - AUTOGRAPHED!
Dave Parker was one of the biggest and most impressive baseball players of the late twentieth century. He stood at six foot five and weighed 235 pounds. He was a seven-time All-Star, a two-time batting champion, a frequent Gold Glove winner, the 1978 National League MVP, and a World Series champion with both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Oakland A's. Here the great Dave Parker delivers his wild and long-awaited autobiography-an authoritative account of Black baseball during its heyday as seen through the eyes of none other than the Cobra.
From his earliest professional days learning the game from such baseball legends as Pie Traynor and Roberto Clemente to his later years mentoring younger talents like Eric Davis and Barry Larkin, Cobra is the story of a Black athlete making his way through the game during a time of major social and cultural transformation. From the racially integrated playing fields of his high school days to the cookie-cutter cathedrals of his prime alongside all the midseason and late-night theatrics that accompany an athlete's life on the road-Parker offers readers a glimpse of all that and everything in between. Everything.
Parker recounts the triumphant victories and the heart-breaking defeats, both on and off the field. He shares the lessons and experiences of reaching the absolute pinnacle of professional athletics, the celebrations with his sports siblings who also got a taste of the thrills, as well as his beloved baseball brothers whom the game left behind. Parker recalls the complicated politics of spring training, recounts the early stages of the free agency era, revisits the notorious 1985 drug trials, and pays tribute to the enduring power of relationships between players at the deepest and highest levels of the sport.
About Charity: Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history, and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Hall of Fame has grown into a 15,000 square foot interactive, educational, and entertaining museum that showcases some of the rarest and most important artifacts in Reds history, dating back to 1869. Located on Joe Nuxhall Way at Great American Ball Park, home of the Reds, the museum is open year round and has become a destination location for Reds and baseball fans everywhere.
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