Parker, Isaac (Ike) (1983)
When the select all-time Twilight League players are debated at Deering Oaks or over beers, Ike Parker is invariably included.
Parker was a southpaw curveball pitcher who could also hit for average and distance. One of the finest all-around athletes ever from Cornish, a longtime hotbed of diamond talent, Parker in 1946 played for the Evansville, Ind., Braves, an affiliate of the National League Boston Braves.
Although his pro career was shortened by severe arthritis, Parker sparkled in Southern Maine semi pro competition.
Dick Jordan, who caught Parker several seasons with the Gray Townies of the Casco Bay League, said, “Ike had it all as a pitcher. He could also hit, and he was ever the modest gentleman.”
Hall-of-Famer Herbie Swift, a longtime foe and occasional teammate, added, “We had a lot of great battles. He could beat you with either his arm or bat.” Parker, who died last April, was employed 32 years by Saunders Brothers.
Wife Mildred, son Isaac Jr., and daughter Diane survive. Nationally known harness racing driver Freeman Parker is a cousin.