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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Origin of Dave Parker’s ‘Boys Boppin’ shirt

“There was many a night when we were out driving the streets of Pittsburgh after games heading to the clubs, George Clinton’s distinctive voice broadcasting from the car stereo,” Parker wrote. “Larry [Demery] drove this four-door Lincoln Continental with turquoise interior. My Parkinson’s isn’t strong enough to make me forget those late nights with Larry, blasting the P-Funk as we rolled up to the club.”

In April 1976, Parker was standing at the bar of a club after a game and was inspired.

“I thought that if my teammates saw me strut into the clubhouse, cool and confident, wearing a badass message that there would be nothing to worry about,” Parker wrote. “Because that’s the mindset you need to succeed at this level. So that’s where the T-shirt came from.”

“That’s typical Dave Parker garb that he would walk in to the clubhouse on any given afternoon,” ace reliever and owner of the greatest on-field shades Kent Tekulve said. “This was a weekday at home in Pittsburgh, and that’s what he walked in with. It was a little bit of a spin off of ‘The Lumber Company,’ but just a more personal inside thing from guys who were swinging the bats. He just decided one day, I don’t know where—it must have been the mall—to make a T-shirt.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 18, 2021 at 10:45 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. GregD Posted: March 18, 2021 at 06:02 PM (#6009131)
It’s kind of shocking to see Parker with a gut at that young age.
   2. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 18, 2021 at 06:29 PM (#6009134)
Somehow I don't think Luke Voit has the same street cred as Parker did.

Parker is so owning that hat also; a very cool cat indeed.

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