A journey that began in 1972 for Toledo Mud Hens skipper Larry Parrish reaches its conclusion this afternoon in Columbus, as the larger-than-life Triple-A staple will manage his final game.
Toledo's 60-82 regular season record may not scream success, but a deeper look into the history of Parrish's contribution to the game tells the real story.
Since first signing with the Montreal Expos in 1972, Parrish saw playing time with three different major league clubs over the span of 14 years. The 6'3 third baseman displayed his ability to rip the cover off the ball, hitting .307/.357/.551, punching 30 home runs and producing his second consecutive season with 39 doubles in 1979.
In 1982, Parrish tied the major league record for the most grand slams knocked in the same week with three, a feat first set by Jim Northrup in 1968. Over the course of his playing career, Parrish compiled four career three-home run games, five 20-home run seasons and two 100-RBI seasons.
The successes followed the two-time major league All-Star after his departure from the player role, as he continued within the major league setting in a variety of positions, including scouting for the Tigers between 2000-2002.
The International League Hall of Fame manager returned to Toledo for his third stint with the club in 2013 and made his plans for retirement from the game at the beginning of August of this year.
Parrish will say goodbye to the game of baseball one last time as the season concludes, forever remembered as the winningest coach in the history of the Mud Hens franchise and a man who could destroy a baseball like none other.