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Red Sox Great Mel Parnell Dies At 89

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Red Sox great Mel Parnell. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Red Sox great Mel Parnell. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

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BOSTON (CBS) – After a long battle with cancer, Red Sox great Mel Parnell died Tuesday at the age of 89.

Parnell spent his entire 10-year career with Boston, taking the mound for the Sox from 1947 to 1956.  A Red Sox Hall of Famer, Parnell is best known for his 1956 no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox.

For his career, Parnell went 123-75 with a 3.50 ERA. He is fourth All-Time on the Sox win list, and is the winningest left-hander in franchise history.

“I was saddened to hear about Mr. Parnell’s passing and my sympathies are with his family,” current Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester said Wednesday.  “His pitching legacy is one that I have looked to build from in my own career and it’s humbling to know that one of the greatest left-handed pitchers in Red Sox history respected me as player.”

Parnell’s best season came in 1949, when Parnell went 25-7 with a 2.77 ERA. He led the American League in wins and complete games (27), and started the All-Star Game.

Parnell also served as a Red Sox broadcaster from 1965-68.

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