Dixie Parsons

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Alabama native Dixie Parsons spent twelve active seasons in professional baseball from 1937 to 1950. He also spent two years in the United States Navy (1944-1945), during World War II.

He was with the major league Detroit Tigers for five games late in the 1939 season and returned to spend all of the 1942 and 1943 seasons with the Detroit club as their back-up catcher. From his Debut on August 16, 1939 until his final game on October 3, 1943 He appeared in 108 games with 295 at-bats and hit for a .176 average and fielded the catcher's spot at a .979 clip for the big league Tigers.

The 6' 2" catcher had five seasons that he hit .300 or better during his ten year minor league run. His first good year came in 1938, his second year in the game, when he hit .320 with 10 home runs for the Beaumont Exporters of the class A1 Texas League. His highest average came in 1946 in a split season affair with the Waycross Bears and the Moultrie Packers of the class D Georgia-Florida League when he hit .359 for the season.

Dixie stayed in the game through the 1950 season, winding up his minor league run with the Longview Texans of the class C East Texas League, at the age of 34, with a .309 average and 14 homers. This finished out his ten year minor league career, appearing in 1,013 games with a .288 batting average and 113 home runs.

After baseball, Parsons made his home in Longview, TX, where he worked and lived until his death on October 31, 1991 at the age of 75.

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