Born: (1948-08-17) August 17, 1948 (age 65), Riverside, California
April 13, 1971 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1974 for the Oakland Athletics
Earned run average
Milwaukee Brewers (1971-1973),
Oakland Athletics (1974),
William Raymond Parsons (born August 17, 1948) is a retired American professional baseball player, a 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), 195 lb (88 kg), right-handed pitcher from Riverside, California. He had a four-year career as a major league pitcher.
Parsons was drafted in the 7th round by the Seattle Pilots in 1968, and worked his way through the minors at Newark, Billings, and Clinton in the Pilots' organization during 1968-69. At Clinton, he posted a 1.57 ERA with his 5-4 record..
In 1970, he came to the Milwaukee Brewers organization, pitching for Portland of the Pacific Coast League, going 3-0, 2.25.
Parsons was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 13, 1971, with the Brewers. He was the number-two starter for the last-place Brewers, going 13-17 with a 3.20 ERA as a rookie in 1971, while 7th in the league with 4 shutouts and 8th in the AL with 93 walks. Parsons was second in the 1971 BBWAA Rookie of the Year voting, losing out to Chris Chambliss, and was named The Sporting News AL Rookie Pitcher of the Year.
He went 13-13, 3.91 the next year while going 3rd in the AL in home runs allowed (27) and earned runs allowed (93), as the Brewers again finished in last place. In both seasons, he was second on the team in victories. In 1973, he was in only 20 games with an ERA of 6.79.
In 1974, after being traded to the Oakland Athletics with cash for Deron Johnson, he pitched only 2 innings in the majors.
He was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in July 1975, but never appeared in the majors with them. In July 1975 he was traded by the Cardinals with cash to the White Sox for Buddy Bradford.