Mel Parnell Has Died at 89

Mel Parnell 1922-2012

Mel Parnell has died at the age of 89 after battling cancer. Parnell posted a 25-7 record during his best season, of his ten-year career with the Boston Red Sox. He also pitched 27 complete games that season.

He was one of the few left-handers that pitched well with the 310 foot wall known as the Green Monster in left field. He compiled a 70-30 record in games at Fenway Park. I can remember listening to the game when he pitched a no-hitter on July 14, 1956 against the White Sox at Fenway Park. The game was the Mutual Game of the Day that was broadcast nationwide on the Mutual Broadcasting radio network.

 Parnell may have reached the majors sooner, if not for serving in World War II as a flight surgeon in the Air Force from 1943-1945.

. HIs career ended at 34 due to an elbow injury and he finished his career with a 123-74 record.


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