May 21, 2001 Salty was a terrific man and a fine coach. Whatever happened to him?
November 24, 2001 I met Salty in 1967 while I was having a coffee in midtown. We talked baseball and about his latest love in life, collecting fine art. He was a friendly man and I understand a terrific baseball coach. He also enjoyed "salty" stories.
December 27, 2002 Salty spent his entire life working in baseball, yet if I remeber correctly, he managed a total of 11 big league games and played in a total of 10.
December 21, 2004 Salty was elected to Nash and Zullo's Baseball Hall of Shame for a bonehead move he made as third base coach for the Astros in 1969. In a late September game against the Braves, Houston's Norm Miller was on third base representing the tying run. Atlanta catcher Bob Didier was wearing a large white cast on his hand. At some point, pitcher Cecil Upshaw threw a fastball that knocked Didier's large white cast off his hand and toward the backstop.
From his position at third base, Parker thought that Didier's large white cast was the baseball. So he sent Norm Miller home!
Waiting for Miller at home plate was Didier, ball in hand and a big smile on his face. Miller was out. The Astros went on to lose the game.
And when it was all over, the Astros, according to Nash and Zullo, had some "salty words" for Parker.
June 3, 2005 Here ia good trivia question: Who mangaged the Mets right before Gil Hodges? Most would say Wes Westrum but in reality it was Salty Parker who was named interim manager after Westrum resigned. Before coming to the Mets he was with the Giants.
Rich from Oceanside
December 23, 2009 It was said that Salty did some great things with the Mets in his limited tenure as manager, despite the 4 and 7 record that he had. It was said that he left on his own accord because he wanted to pursue his eye for art. My personal belief (and through other sources), he was fired because he wanted to become the GM.