Red Sox great Mel Parnell dies at 89

Red Sox great Mel Parnell dies at 89
March 21, 2012, 6:02 am
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Mel Parnell, Red Sox left-handed pitcher for his entire 10-year career (1947-56), died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, according to multiple reports. He was 89 years old.

Parnell pitched 289 games for the Red Sox during his career, totaling 123 wins, 75 losses, ten saves, and a 3.50 ERA. He is the winningest left-handed pitcher in team history and is fourth overall in victories, behind Cy Young, Roger Clemens and Tim Wakefield.

Parnell's best season came in 1949, when he went 25-7 with 2.77 ERA in a league-high 295.1 innings. He also led the league in complete games that season with 27, started the All-Star game, and finished fourth in the MVP race.

Parnell is a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame.