Mel Parnell Baseball Card | 1954 Topps | Boston Red Sox
Professionally graded by SGC 80 Excellent Mint
Parnell spent his entire ten-year career with the Boston Red Sox (1947–1956), compiling a 123–75 record with 732 strikeouts, a 3.50 earned run average, 113 complete games, 20 shutouts, and 1752 2⁄3 innings pitched in 289 games (232 as a starter). He has the third-highest career winning percentage for a left-hander in Fenway Park (minimum of more than 25 decisions), at 71–30 (.703).
Parnell enjoyed his best season in 1949 when he went 25–7, leading the league in wins, ERA (2.77), complete games (27) and innings (295 1⁄3). He was the starting pitcher for the American League in that year's All-Star Game and was selected again in 1951.
After two 18-win seasons in 1950 and 1951, and a 12–12 record in 1952, Parnell went 21–8 in 1953 with a 3.06 ERA and a career-high 136 strikeouts. On July 14, 1956, he no-hit the Chicago White Sox, 4–0, at Fenway Park. The no-hitter was the first for a Red Sox pitcher since Howard Ehmke in 1923, though this would prove the final highlight of Parnell's career, which would come to a premature end after the 1956 season, due to a torn muscle in his pitching arm. It would take 52 years until another Red Sox lefty would throw a no-hitter, a feat accomplished by Jon Lester in 2008.
Parnell still holds the Red Sox career mark for left-handed pitchers in games started, innings and victories.
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