At age 24 in 1975, Dave Parker led the National League in slugging pct and drove in 101 runs for the Pittsburgh Pirates. By 1977, his 3rd full season, Parker was putting-up some impressive numbers. He led the NL with 44 doubles, 215 hits, along with a .338 batting average and led the league in putouts and assists. In 1978, Dave Parker captured his second consecutive batting title, .334 and won another slugging title, .585, becoming the first player to win both since Billy Williams in 1972.
His' 1978 season which included 32 D, 12 T, 30 HR's with 102 R and 117 RBI's made him the highest paid ball player in history to this time, $900,000 per/year. Parker in the late 1970s & 1980s was ranked as one of the best fielders and possessed a cannon for a throwing arm. In 1984 as a free agent, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds and drove in 94 runs. In 1985 Dave Parker led the NL with 42 doubles, in RBI's with 125 and ended second in the MVP voting. In 1986, Parker topped all NL batters in total bases, was 2nd in RBI's with 116 and whacked 31 homers. Dave Parker career stats: .290 BA, 2712 hits, 526 D, 75 T, hit 339 HR's, 1272 Runs, 1493 RBIs and stole 154 bases. baseballhistorian.com