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 Cover Story
1972 - 1980
CAROLINA LEAGUE
Parker, who played 19 years in the Major Leagues, won the 1978 National League Most Valuable Player award and played on seven All-Star teams. He developed his power inside, and occasionally outside, the walls of Municipal Field.
    SALEM PIRATES
PITTSBURGH PIRATES (1972-1980)
“My goal was to get the ball in play, but I did hit a few houses beyond the right field fence on occasion,” explained Parker. “I was more of a line drive hitter coming up, but it seemed like I had more doubles than anything until I developed that arch in my swing.”
During the late 1960s and the early 1970s, the Pittsburgh Pirates were one of the best teams in baseball. They played for the National League pennant four times and won the World Series in 1971. Their winning attitude was felt throughout the entire organization, including Salem during the 1972 campaign.
Dave Parker played for the Carolina League champion Pirates in 1972. He was voted league Most Valuable Player and then played 19 MLB seasons and won the 1978 National League MVP.
Parker and the 1972 Pirates won Salem’s first Carolina League Championship beating the Burlington Rangers in three games. Two seasons later, the Pirates won the 1974 league title by sweeping both halves of the season. Between 1972 and 1980, Salem was home to MLB All-Star players like Parker, Craig Reynolds, John Candelaria, Al Holland, Tony Pena, Vance Law and Pascual Perez.
The 1972 Pirates won Salem’s first Carolina League title when they beat the Burlington Rangers. Dave Parker (center back row) said, “That year felt like a Triple-A club with all our talent. That was a padded lineup.”
“That year felt like a Triple-A club with all our talent. That was a padded lineup,” said Parker, who was named the Carolina League MVP in 1972. “We had a good time off the field, but the game was serious when we played. That was what the Pirates organization was all about. Nobody wanted to be embarrassed, so every time we crossed the line, we were serious about our craft.”
 P DOUG BAIR
SS MARIO MENDOZA OF DAVE PARKER*
OF OMAR MORENO
2B CRAIG REYNOLDS* P JOHN CANDELARIA* OF MIGUEL DILONE
P RICK LANGFORD
P AL HOLLAND*
P ED WHITSON*
C TONY PENA*
3B LUIS SALAZAR
SS VANCE LAW*
P PASCUAL PEREZ* P STEVE FARR
C JUNIOR ORTIZ
1972 1972 1972 1973 1973 1974 1974 1974 1976 1976 1977 1977, 78 1978 1978 1979 1979
15 (PIT, OAK, CIN, STL, DET, PHI, TOR) 9 (PIT, SEA, TEX)
19 (PIT, CIN, OAK, MIL, CAL, TOR) 12 (PIT, HOU, NYY, KC, ATL) 15 (PIT, SEA, HOU)
19 (PIT, CAL, NYM, NYY, MON, MIN, TOR, LAD) 12 (PIT, OAK, CHC, CLE, CHW, MON, SDP) 11 (PIT, OAK)
10 (PIT, SFG, PHI, CAL, NYY) 15 (PIT, SFG, CLE, SDP, NYY) 18 (PIT, STL, BOS, CLE, CHW, HOU) 13 (SDP, CHW, DET, CHC)
11 (PIT, CHW, MON, CHC)
11 (PIT, ATL, MON, NYY)
11 (CLE, KC, NYY, BOS)
13 (PIT, NYM, MIN, CLE, TEX)
645-592 OVERALL RECORD (.521 W-L%)
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