Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Seven-time All-Star Dave Parker, who led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a World Series title in 1979 after winning the National League MVP a year before, revealed that he has Parkinson’s disease.
During an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Parker said he was first diagnosed in February 2012, but informed only a few friends, adding that the disease has not progressed rapidly.
“There’s no fear,” Parker told the newspaper. “I’ve had a great life. I always dreamt of playing baseball, and I played. I’m 62 years old and fortunate to make it to this point. I have some beautiful kids that I got to watch grow up and become adults.”
“My fingerprints are on the baseball industry. I feel good about that. I have nothing to feel bad about,” added Parker.
He said that the disease first manifested in a tremor in his right hand, but other issues have cropped up since then.
“I’m nervous with public speaking, being put in any situation where I have to talk for a long time,” said Parker, whose older sister has a more advanced form of the disease.
Parker said he only told a few friends about his condition, including Pirates director of alumni affairs Joe Billetdeaux.
“He looked good,” Billetdeaux said. “He said he has good days and bad days. For the most part, he’s dealing with it.”