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Dave Parker says he has Parkinson's

Updated: August 6, 2013, 7:32 PM ET
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Pittsburgh Pirates great Dave Parker told a newspaper that he is battling Parkinson's disease.

Parker, who led the Pirates to a World Series title in 1979, told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he was first diagnosed in February 2012, but informed only a few friends. The 1978 National League MVP and two-time batting champ said the Parkinson's has not progressed rapidly.

"There's no fear," Parker told the Tribune-Review. "I've had a great life. I always dreamt of playing baseball, ...

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