Dave Parker and Al Oliver recall a time when the Midsummer Classic was a celebration of the game’s many African American stars. At this year’s game, the National League’s side will have just one.
By Tyler Kepner
With his bat, his glove and his flair, Dave Parker put himself in the pantheon of All-Star Game performers. He won the first Home Run Derby, in 1985 in Minnesota, six years after his throwing arm earned him the All-Star most valuable player award in Seattle. That was in 1979, when his Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series.
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