What former professional athlete once served on Cincinnati State’s Board of Directors?
That would be former major league baseball player Dave Parker. In August of 1984, Parker was appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve a 3 year term as Director of the Cincinnati State (then called Cincinnati Technical College) Resource Development Fund.
Before playing major league baseball, Parker attended Courter Technical High School (housed in the same building as Cincinnati State), where he lettered in 3 sports – baseball, football, and basketball. Despite being an outfielder during his professional career, Parker’s primary position at Courter Tech had been as a catcher (and sometimes pitcher).
Parker spent 10 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he was named National League batting champion for both 1977 and 1978. He also earned the MVP for the National League in 1978. Shortly afterwards, Parker was rewarded with baseball’s first million-dollar-per-year contract. At the end of the 1983 season, Parker signed with his hometown team, the Cincinnati Reds, where he was playing when he was appointed to the position at Cincinnati State.
To celebrate his appointment to the position, the college held a celebrity roast of Parker on January 12, 1985 at the Clarion Hotel. Check out the full Dave Parker Roast Program.
Two years later, the David G. Parker Endowed Scholarship fund was created. On September 11, 1987, there was an event at the Riverfront Stadium (former home of the Cincinnati Reds), where Parker presented two students with a scholarship to attend the college.
Last year, Parker was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.