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Dr. Jim Parkes


Dr. Jim Parkes (Team physician.  Born, Red Bank, NJ, Mar. 2, 1932; died, New York, NY, Dec. 13, 1999.)  Celebrated for getting the Knicks’ Willis Reed ready for the seventh game of the 1970 N.B.A. Final, Dr. James Creighton Parkes, II, was also the team physician for the Mets for 18 seasons (1974-91).  A graduate of Dartmouth and Harvard Medical, Dr. Parkes became attending surgeon at Manhattan’s Roosevelt Hospital.  In that capacity, he was called in to handle Reed’s torn thigh muscle in 1970.

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