A native Tacoman who has gone on to a career in dentistry, Bill Parker was a three-sport standout at Wilson High School from 1960-63.
Born in 1945, Parker was an all-city player in 1958-59 for coach Dan Mullen at Jason Lee Junior High and also during his three seasons at Wilson High School. He played all three seasons for legendary coach Marv Scott. As a sophomore middle infielder in 1961, he hit .540 to lead the City League in that category.
He took his baseball talents to the University of Washington, playing in 1965 and 1966 and hitting better than .400 to earn All-Northern Division accolades. He also led the teams in runs scored, runs batted in and home runs. During the summer months he played he played semi-pro baseball for Days Tailors, coached by Ken Jones, and for Cheney Studs, managed by Doug McArthur.
Parker also made a big name for himself in football and basketball, playing both sports all three seasons at Wilson High. He was so accomplished in football that he earned an athletic scholarship in that sport from the University of Washington. He played four seasons for the Huskies, and was picked as captain for several games.
Following his college baseball career, Parker was offered a contract by the Los Angeles Dodgers but chose instead to attend dental school at UW.