Thursday, May 21, 2015

1990 Year of the No-Hitter Catcher Lance Parrish: 1988 Topps #95

A few weeks ago we featured a column on an Angels combined no-hitter pitched by Mark Langston and Mike Witt. I have heard it suggested that the credit for a committee no-no be given to the Catcher. The man behind the dish that day was former Phils catcher Lance Parrish. 

1988 Topps #95 Lance Parrish

The Langston/Witt No-Hitter was not a first for Lance Parrish, in 1984 he had caught Jack Morris' gem as a member of the Detroit Tigers.

Somewhere between the between Jack Morris and  Langston-Witt Parrish spent a forgettable two seasons with the Phillies. In the five years prior to signing with the Phillies as a free agent, Parrish averaged 28 Home Runs a season. Compare that to a two season total of 32 Homers as a Phil. His batting averages for the two seasons were .245 and .215, yet somehow he was distinguished enough to represent the 1988 Phillies in the All-Star game.

Hall of Famer Gary Carter started the 1988 ASG, and was eventually lifted for a .215 hitter.  

Finally, just to reiterate between the age of 21 to 35 Lance Parrish played for three teams, He caught No-Hitters for two of those teams. None of those teams were the Philadelphia Phillies.

Sources and Links
Year of the No-Hitter Index

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