Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/6/13
Former major league star Dave Parker told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. “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.” The seven-time All-Star who played in the big leagues from 1973 to 1991 said he first learned he had the disease in February 2012. It has not progressed rapidly since then but some issues have cropped up. “I'm nervous with public speaking being put in any situation where I have to talk for a long time” Parker said. Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disorder with no cure. Parker said his sister has a more advanced form of the disease and that he has not started taking medication. “If push comes to shove I'll take the medicine” he said. “For now I'm taking it day by day.” Nicknamed "The Cobra" Parker was one of baseball's biggest stars when he played right field for Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1970s and early 1980s. He won two National League batting titles and three Gold Gloves and was the NL MVP in 1978. He was a key member of the Pirates' 1979 World Series championship team. His throw to the plate to nail baserunner Brian Downing in 1979 is one of the most memorable moments in All-Star Game history.
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