#Shortstops: Cincinnati Pitcher Was Best Batter
Although he started the season with Birmingham in the Southern Association, Parrott moved on to Cincinnati in June when his contract was sold to the Cincinnati Reds.
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Although Parrott helped Cincinnati with his bat skills, it was not enough for the club to keep him for another season. Following the season, the club’s president, John T. Brush, traded the pitcher and three of his Reds teammates to St. Louis in return for catcher Heinie Pietz and right-hander Red Ehret.
Parrott barely pitched in 1896, instead patrolling the outfield for St. Louis. Following the season, Parrott left the big leagues, but continued playing baseball for various affiliated and unaffiliated minor league teams until 1907. He eventually moved back to Oregon where he lived until his death in 1932.
His obituary, published in the Newberg Graphic on January 7, 1932, highlights his playing career and how he was presented with “a gold medal for leading the Cincinnati team one season in hitting.”
Gabrielle Augustine is a curator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum