Monday, July 24, 2017

Jack Parkinson

Jack Gordon Parkinson

March 4, 1924
Yorktown, IN

May 29, 1997
Yorktown, IN

1939-40 Yorktown High School - Indiana (High School)
1940-41 Yorktown High School - Indiana (High School)
1941-42 Yorktown High School - Indiana (High School)
1943-44 Kentucky University (College)
1944-45 Kentucky University (College)
1945-46 Kentucky University (College)
1947-48 Kentucky University (College)
1948-49 American Legion - Yorktown, IN (Independent)
1948-49 New Orleans Sports (SPBL)
1949-50 Whiskered Wizards - St. Augustine, FL (Independent)
1949-50 Indianapolis Olympians (NBA)
1950-51 Whiskered Wizards - St. Augustine, FL (Independent)
1951-52 Toledo Mercuries (Independent)

Born in Yorktown to George and Hattie Parkinson, Jack played basketball and baseball at Yorktown High School. After graduating, he took work at a defense plant to help with the war effort, also working out with the Pittsburgh Pirates when they trained in Muncie, Indiana. He was offered a baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds, but chose to enroll at UK and playe basketball for Adolph Rupp. He was a member of Wildcat teams that won the NIT (1946) and NCAA Tournament (1948). After his junior year in 1946, he served for just under a year in the U.S. Army before returning to UK. He was drafted by the Washington Capitols in 1948 but did not sign with them. In 1949, he signed with the NBA's Olympians, joining many of his Wildcat teammates, He only appeared in four games. He played with the Whiskered Wizards and the Toledo Mercuries before returning to baseball in Middlesboro (Kentucky) as a pitcher and manager for the D-level team. He later owned J&J Plumbing Supplies, and died of a brain tumor in 1997.

Jack's son Bruce played at Purdue.

Star Press, Muncie, IN, October 22, 1978
Muncie Evening Press, December 19, 1980


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