Parker Picked on All-Time Gold Glove Team

Wes Parker surprised many non-Dodger fans by being selected on the all-time Rawlings Gold Glove team at first base as chosen in voting by fans. The former Dodgers first baseman won six Gold Gloves in his career. He was the only Brooklyn/Los Angeles player chosen.

The All-time Rawlings Gold Glove team:

Pos.  winner   Gold Gloves
C   Johnny Bench      10
1B  Wes Parker         6
2B  Joe Morgan         5
SS  Ozzie Smith       12
3B  Brooks Robinson   16
OF  Willie Mays       12
OF  Roberto Clemente  12
OF  Ken Griffey       10 
P   Greg Maddux       16
Parker got 53 percent at first base. He won six Gold Gloves in his nine-year career and finished ahead of Mattingly, who got nine Gloves, and Hernandez, whose 11 Gloves are a record at the position.

"This award wraps up my career in the most beautiful way possible," said Parker, who will be recognized for the honor at Dodger Stadium on August 29.

"I took great pride in my fielding. The first base position, I think, has been slighted over the years by players thinking they have only to catch throws and dig balls from the dirt to play it well. Nothing could be further from the truth.

"Dedicated first basemen charge bunts, range to their left and right for grounders, dive for balls, run all over the place for pop-ups and use their arms aggressively. They take risks, go after everything and defend their ground with pride and determination. And in doing all this they expand the position from one of passivity and conservatism to one of action, excitement, daring, beauty and grace.  

"I am proud to bring this award home to Los Angeles, prouder still to call it my own personal Hall of Fame."

Parker won six straight Gold Gloves in Los Angeles from 1967-72 and played his entire career with the Dodgers from 1964-72. He finished fifth in the 1970 NL MVP vote after hitting .319 with 47 doubles and 111 RBI and also helped the Dodgers win the 1965 World Series over the Twins, hitting .304 with a homer and two RBI while playing error-free baseball in the seven-game series.  

The Southern California native was originally signed by the Dodgers as an amateur free agent before the 1963 season after playing his collegiate baseball at Claremont McKenna College, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles.  

In 1968, he made just one error at first base, which was controversial, as it came on an Astroturf bounce at the Houston Astrodome. The switch-hitter retired after the 1972 season with a Major League record .996 fielding percentage at first, making just 45 errors in 10,380 chances.  

Parker is now part of the Dodgers' Speakers Bureau, where he attends community events and works closely with the Dodgers Dream Foundation. He also volunteers regularly at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles.  

Former Dodger pitcher Greg Maddux (2006), who won the Gold Glove after his only season in Los Angeles, received 50 percent of the vote and was named the best defensive pitcher all time by the fans.  

Parker is the lone winner who has not been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.  

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Railings Gold Glove Award, fans began voting for players that were nominated at each position since the inception of the award. The nominees were decided upon by a panel of baseball officials, managers, broadcasters, historians and writers and announced in New York City on February 20.

All-Time Dodger Fielders
A number of subscribers asked who we would have chosen for the all-time Dodger fielding team. So here is our selections -- if you have a different opinion, that's great, let me hear from you at Tot4@Mac.com.
  Los Angeles		         Brooklyn
1B- Steve Garvey		Gil Hodges
2B- Jody Reed			Jackie Robinson
SS- Maury Wills			Pee Wee Reese
3B- Adrian Beltré		Billy Cox
LF- Brett Butler		Johnny Frederick
OF- Willie Davis		Duke Snider
RF- Raul Mondesi		Pete Reiser
C - Russell Martin		Roy Campanella
P - Andy Messersmith	        Watty Clark

LA Dodgers Insider Top Stories