Happy Birthday, Dave!
Former big-league slugger Dave Parker hits the big five-seven today.
"The Cobra" was one of my favorite ballplayers as a kid, especially after seeing him win MVP of the 1979 All-Star Game here in Seattle. Then again, he also baffled me, what with his earring and smoking habit (both captured in the classic Sports Illustrated photo above), along with cocaine problems and this scary Friday the 13th hockey mask he briefly wore. I also remember a newspaper photo of him sliding into base during a snowy April game with a football facemask attached to his batting helmet, but I can't find it.