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Ace Parker Dies at 101
Ace Parker Dies at 101
Published: 2013/11/07
Channel: WAVY TV 10
Sportswrap Vault: 1987, Ace Parker on Bo Jackson
Sportswrap Vault: 1987, Ace Parker on Bo Jackson
Published: 2015/11/25
Channel: WAVY TV 10
Clarence "Ace" Parker.  Duke Football, 1935-1936.
Clarence "Ace" Parker. Duke Football, 1935-1936.
Published: 2008/07/01
Channel: DukeLibDigitalColl
Agent Ace Parker
Agent Ace Parker
Published: 2012/12/25
Channel: SimpleAsFilms
Ace parker |Musical.y
Ace parker |Musical.y
Published: 2016/07/09
Channel: Ace Ivan
The Dukes of Hazzard: Repo Men opening scene
The Dukes of Hazzard: Repo Men opening scene
Published: 2012/02/16
Channel: Brian Coltrane
Remembering The Astrodome, Blockbuster, Ace Parker
Remembering The Astrodome, Blockbuster, Ace Parker
Published: 2013/11/13
Channel: Rememberingthepassed
Ace Parker Fabian
Ace Parker Fabian
Published: 2016/02/06
Channel: Phil Fabian
Ace Parking:  We See the People, Not the Cars
Ace Parking: We See the People, Not the Cars
Published: 2012/07/19
Channel: Ace Parker
Clarence Ace Parker. Duke Football, 1935-1936.
Clarence Ace Parker. Duke Football, 1935-1936.
Published: 2017/10/25
Channel: UNC Football hd
Ace Approach to Customer Service
Ace Approach to Customer Service
Published: 2014/12/01
Channel: Ace Parker
Ace Austin & Buzz Bloodsaw v. Suicide Myers & Cyrus Parker. BCW June 2016
Ace Austin & Buzz Bloodsaw v. Suicide Myers & Cyrus Parker. BCW June 2016
Published: 2016/06/15
Channel: Ace Austin
Ace parking Horton Plaza
Ace parking Horton Plaza
Published: 2016/05/05
Channel: Ace Parker
Ace Parker Century Farm
Ace Parker Century Farm
Published: 2015/06/14
Channel: The Sun News
See Us Drive | Jonathan Parker Talks About His 1960 AC Ace Roadster
See Us Drive | Jonathan Parker Talks About His 1960 AC Ace Roadster
Published: 2017/05/11
Channel: See-Us
Ace Parker
Ace Parker's 100th Birthday highlighted on ESPN's PTI (Pardon the Interruption)
Published: 2012/07/02
Channel: jhhamilton24
Stephen Ace Parker
Stephen Ace Parker
Published: 2010/02/25
Channel: musicforlife209
Next Door Twink - Ace Parker
Next Door Twink - Ace Parker
Published: 2014/11/25
Channel: nextdoorstudios
Ace Parker Swell football card
Ace Parker Swell football card
Published: 2016/07/19
Channel: hvcool
Meet Ace Hardware
Meet Ace Hardware's 2015 All-Star, Parker
Published: 2015/04/17
Channel: CMN Hospitals
Ace Parking Commercial
Ace Parking Commercial
Published: 2014/03/19
Channel: Ace Parker
St. Louis Syndicate vs. Ace Hawkins & Scott "the Rookie" Parker (part 1)
St. Louis Syndicate vs. Ace Hawkins & Scott "the Rookie" Parker (part 1)
Published: 2010/07/01
Channel: IWA Unlimited
Kenny Parker X Ace Boogie Ceo Boy - Dont Hear Me (ShotBy@DjBey215)
Kenny Parker X Ace Boogie Ceo Boy - Dont Hear Me (ShotBy@DjBey215)
Published: 2016/03/23
Channel: DjBey215
Ace Approach to Revenue Potential
Ace Approach to Revenue Potential
Published: 2014/12/01
Channel: Ace Parker
Robert B. Parker
Robert B. Parker's Lullaby by Ace Atkins, Read by Joe Mantegna- Audio Excerpt
Published: 2012/04/16
Channel: Penguin Random House Audio
The A-List — Colby Parker Jr, ACE, editor of "Deepwater Horizon", "Patriots Day"
The A-List — Colby Parker Jr, ACE, editor of "Deepwater Horizon", "Patriots Day"
Published: 2017/10/18
Channel: Avid
MM Inferno - Ben Parker - 1v5 ACE Clutch
MM Inferno - Ben Parker - 1v5 ACE Clutch
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: Ben Parker
Ace Parking: Manager Dashboard
Ace Parking: Manager Dashboard
Published: 2013/08/02
Channel: Ace Parker
Ace Parking Title Sponsor San Diego Downtown Partnership
Ace Parking Title Sponsor San Diego Downtown Partnership
Published: 2014/04/16
Channel: Ace Parker
Avid at NAB Show 2017 | Gabriel Fleming and Colby Parker Jr, ACE
Avid at NAB Show 2017 | Gabriel Fleming and Colby Parker Jr, ACE
Published: 2017/04/26
Channel: Avid
Candace Parker (ACE)
Candace Parker (ACE)
Published: 2014/08/19
Channel: Marques Sutton
Sault Ste Marie-Parker Ace Hardware Parade of Lights-2015
Sault Ste Marie-Parker Ace Hardware Parade of Lights-2015
Published: 2015/12/11
Channel: TheSault
Parker Stevenson interview
Parker Stevenson interview
Published: 2015/05/18
Channel: Rossiter Meets
Rainbow Six Siege Almost an Ace and Parker
Rainbow Six Siege Almost an Ace and Parker's 3 Way
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: NoRulz Gaming
Billy Parker - Jesus, You Were My Ace In The Hole
Billy Parker - Jesus, You Were My Ace In The Hole
Published: 2017/03/01
Channel: the winner
Ace Plays: Cleverbot!-DOES IT HAVE A BRAIN???
Ace Plays: Cleverbot!-DOES IT HAVE A BRAIN???
Published: 2013/06/05
Channel: Ace Parker
A.C.E. Project:Evan Parker and Evan Williams Raising Money For The ASPCA
A.C.E. Project:Evan Parker and Evan Williams Raising Money For The ASPCA
Published: 2017/05/11
Channel: Evan P and W Comedy and Crap
Ace Plays: Roblox(1)- You MONSTER!
Ace Plays: Roblox(1)- You MONSTER!
Published: 2013/06/22
Channel: Ace Parker
Ace Parking: Introduction to the Timecard Approval System
Ace Parking: Introduction to the Timecard Approval System
Published: 2013/03/14
Channel: Ace Parker
OBM - Football Player - Ace Parker
OBM - Football Player - Ace Parker
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: Our Best Moments
Cs:Go. Bullseye ex - Parker ACE!
Cs:Go. Bullseye ex - Parker ACE!
Published: 2016/08/05
Channel: Evgeniy Nolove
Ace Parking: Edit And Approving Timecards in TAS
Ace Parking: Edit And Approving Timecards in TAS
Published: 2013/03/14
Channel: Ace Parker
Clarence Parker ● A Simple Tribute
Clarence Parker ● A Simple Tribute
Published: 2013/11/07
Channel: Rest in Peace
MM Inferno - Take the B site! ACE - Ben Parker
MM Inferno - Take the B site! ACE - Ben Parker
Published: 2016/11/22
Channel: Ben Parker
Aftermath vs Vae Timidis - Overpass AWP ACE - Ben Parker
Aftermath vs Vae Timidis - Overpass AWP ACE - Ben Parker
Published: 2016/10/12
Channel: Ben Parker
Ace Parking   Customer Service
Ace Parking Customer Service
Published: 2014/03/19
Channel: Ace Parker
Ace Plays: Where is 2009?-2009
Ace Plays: Where is 2009?-2009's SHORT!
Published: 2013/07/11
Channel: Ace Parker
Parker plays ace of spades
Parker plays ace of spades
Published: 2015/08/21
Channel: mrscrunchy1
LEGACY SPORTS CARDS in LAS VEGAS 2009 Classics Football Hobby Box Group Case Break ACE PARKER
LEGACY SPORTS CARDS in LAS VEGAS 2009 Classics Football Hobby Box Group Case Break ACE PARKER
Published: 2009/08/20
Channel: Legacy Sports Cards
Ace Parking: Partial Hours To Line
Ace Parking: Partial Hours To Line
Published: 2013/08/21
Channel: Ace Parker
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Ace Parker
Ace Parker.png
Parker pictured in the Chanticleer 1936, Duke yearbook
Born: (1912-05-17)May 17, 1912
Portsmouth, Virginia
Died: November 6, 2013(2013-11-06) (aged 101)
Portsmouth, Virginia
Career information
Position(s) Quarterback / Halfback
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg)
College Duke
High school Woodrow Wilson (VA)
NFL draft 1937 / Round: 2 / Pick: 13
Career history
As player
19371941 Brooklyn Dodgers
1945 Boston Yanks
1946 New York Yankees
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Military career
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States Navy seal U.S. Navy
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank US-O1 insignia.svg 2nd Lt.
Battles/wars World War II
Ace Parker
Shortstop
Born: (1912-05-17)May 17, 1912
Portsmouth, Virginia
Died: November 6, 2013(2013-11-06) (aged 101)
Portsmouth, Virginia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 24, 1937, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 4, 1938, for the Philadelphia Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average .179
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 25
Teams

Clarence McKay "Ace" Parker (May 17, 1912 – November 6, 2013) was an American football and baseball player and coach. He played professional football as a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1937–1941) and Boston Yanks (1945) and in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) for the New York Yankees. He was an All-American halfback at Duke University in 1936. Parker also played Major League Baseball during 1936 and 1937 with the Philadelphia Athletics.[1] He served as the head baseball coach at Duke from 1953 to 1966. Parker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972.

Early years[edit]

Parker was the son of Ernest and Mabel Parker and grew up near Norfolk, Virginia. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, graduating with the class of 1933 and starring in five sports. He enrolled at Duke University as a freshman in 1933.[2]

Duke career[edit]

At Duke, Parker competed in three sports: football, basketball and baseball. From 1934–1936, he starred at running back, doing most of the running and passing for Duke. He was second team All-American in 1935 and consensus All-American first team in 1936. He placed sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1936. Parker was a great open-field runner and one of the best punters in college football at the time. His 105-yard kickoff return against North Carolina is still a Duke school record. Parker also stood out as a baseball player at Duke, playing in 1935–1936.

In his senior season at Duke, he served as team captain for the Duke Blue Devils who went 9–1, captured the league title with a 7–0 record, and finished the season ranked 11th in the Associated Press national poll.[2]

He was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955. He was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1963, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1972, and was an inaugural member of the Duke University Sports Hall of Fame, inducted in 1975.

Early pro career[edit]

Parker was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers as the third pick of the second round in the 1937 NFL draft. Sammy Baugh was the only passer drafted ahead of Parker. Parker, who played for the Philadelphia Athletics of Major League Baseball beginning in 1937, originally had no intention of playing in the NFL. Baseball was the glamour pro sport at the time and the NFL had a rough, vulgar reputation. But perhaps because of his .117 batting average that year, he asked for and received permission from the A's to play football. Parker thus became a true two-sport phenomenon, playing both Major League Baseball and NFL football in both 1937 and 1938. Parker, playing various infield positions, batted .179 over two seasons with the A's, scoring 20 runs with 25 RBI over 94 games. Parker was the first of only seven Major League Baseball players to hit a home run as a pinch-hitter in their first at bat.[3]

NFL stardom[edit]

When Parker joined the Dodgers in 1937, Brooklyn had been a perennial NFL cellar-dweller in the East Conference since 1930. With his running, passing, and punting ability, he brought them instant credibility. He led the team in passing in 1937 and every year he played. In 1938, he led Brooklyn to a 0.500 record and led the NFL in passing yards with 865. When legendary coach Jock Sutherland joined the Dodgers in 1940, Parker's career took off. In 1940, he threw for 817 yards and 10 TDs, rushed for 306 yards, caught 3 passes, including 2 for TDs, and led the league in points after touchdowns. The Dodgers finished only one game out of first, with an 8–3 record, and Parker was named the NFL MVP. In 1941, Parker continued to shine, but the Dodgers again finished second to the New York Giants, despite beating their New York rivals twice during the season. Parker's NFL career went on hold in 1942, as he, like many NFL players, left football to enlist in the Armed Services. After serving for over two years, Parker returned to the NFL, this time with the short-lived Boston Yanks, but at age 33, he took on a minor role.

He rejoined the former owner of the Dodgers, Dan Topping, in 1946 as part of the New York Yankees of the new All-America Football Conference (AAFC). Coached by former Washington Redskins coach Ray Flaherty and led by Parker, the Yankees won the AAFC East, giving Parker his only division title in pro football. The Yankees met the powerful Cleveland Browns in the championship game. The Yankees played well, but eventually succumbed to the Browns. Parker was 8 of 18 passing, for only 81 yards and an interception. Parker retired after the game, completing a fine career at age 34. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.

Later years[edit]

After his playing days, Parker became the head baseball coach (1953–1966) and assistant football coach (1947–1965) at Duke University. He was manager of the Durham Bulls from 1949 to 1952, serving as player-manager for the first three seasons and finishing with a record of 303–266 (.533). He was Piedmont League manager of the year in 1949 and 1951. He was also a founding member of the Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club in Portsmouth, Virginia.

On August 13, 2008, Parker was part of the inaugural class inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame, honoring athletes, coaches and administrators who made contributions to sports in Southeastern Virginia.

At the time of his death, Parker was the oldest living member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the oldest living former professional football player and the last living person to play on the same major league baseball field as Baseball Hall of Fame member Rogers Hornsby. On May 7, 1937, Parker appeared for the Philadelphia Athletics while Hornsby played one of his last games for the St. Louis Browns.[4] Before his death, Parker and Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr were the last men to play on the same field as baseball immortal Lou Gehrig.[5]

Parker died the morning of November 6, 2013 at the age of 101. He is the first and so far only member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to have lived past their hundredth birthday.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bowling, Lewis (November 2013). "The Ace of them all: Duke legend Ace Parker passes away at age 101; was the oldest living Pro Football Hall of Famer". GoDuke The Magazine. Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network. 5 (3): 14–16. 
  2. ^ a b "Ace Parker Celebrates 100th Birthday Today – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". GoDuke.com. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  3. ^ "Pinch Hitting Records". baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "May 7, 1937 Philadelphia Athletics at St. Louis Browns Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. 1937-05-07. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  5. ^ "April 26, 1938 New York Yankees at Philadelphia Athletics Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. 1938-04-26. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  6. ^ http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/2013/11/6/ace-parker-dead-at-101/

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