Monday, 3 September 2007

Yakima's Field Namesake Dies

Called By Death
SEATTLE, Nov. 30—Shirley D. Parker, 62, one of the class B Western International league's original franchise holders, died yesterday in Beverly Hills, Calif. friends were notified.
He was a retired attorney, clubman and sportsman who practiced law in Portland, Oregon, was later owner of the Darwin zinc and lead mine in Washington state and late associated with the University of Chicago and the Alexander Hamilton Institute.
During the baseball circuit's formative years in the late 1930's Parker held franchises at Yakima and later at Spokane. He built Yakima's present Parker field, which he later gave to the city.
He had lived in California for the last 10 years. Survivors include his widow, Eleanor, and a son, Daryl, both of Beverly Hills.
[photo of Parker Field from BALLPARK REVIEWS]

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