Bill Monbouquette was born on Tuesday, August 11, 1936, in Medford, Massachusetts. Monbouquette was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 18, 1958, with the Boston Red Sox. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bill Monbouquette baseball stats page.
"(Bill) Monbouquette was a workhorse righthander with pinpoint control. He posted a 114-112 record and a 3.68 ERA in 11 seasons (96 wins with the Sox on bad teams) and never made the postseason, despite stints with the Tigers, Yankees, and Giants He refuses to bad-mouth those weak Sox teams. 'What can you do? You go out there and try to battle,' he says. He absolutely hated to be taken out of a game. 'My makeup was you had to finish what you start. Even with the greatest reliever I ever saw - and that was Dick Radatz . I used to say to him, If you don't get him out, I'm going to kick your ass. Here's a 6-foot-6-inch guy, 270-pound guy. He said, 'Get up in the clubhouse and crack me a Bud, I'll be right up.' And he'd go 1-2-3." - Sportswriter Stan Grossfeld in The Boston Globe (05/16/2008, 'Monbo fights on', Source )
Bill Monbouquette Autograph on a 1968 Topps Baseball Card (#234 | Checklist )
Bill Monbouquette Pitching Stats
Bill Monbouquette Hitting Stats
Bill Monbouquette Fielding Stats
|1958 Red Sox||P||10||8||163||9||0.9||8||1||7||1||1||n/a||n/a||n/a||.889||1.33|
|1959 Red Sox||P||34||17||455||33||1.0||33||11||22||0||3||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||1.96|
|1960 Red Sox||P||35||30||645||46||1.3||46||18||28||0||3||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||1.93|
|1961 Red Sox||P||32||32||709||45||1.4||44||16||28||1||2||n/a||n/a||n/a||.978||1.68|
|1962 Red Sox||P||35||35||706||29||0.8||28||7||21||1||0||n/a||n/a||n/a||.966||1.07|
|1963 Red Sox||P||37||36||800||68||1.8||68||31||37||0||3||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||2.30|
|1964 Red Sox||P||36||35||702||53||1.5||53||15||38||0||2||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||2.04|
|1965 Red Sox||P||35||35||686||61||1.7||59||21||38||2||2||n/a||n/a||n/a||.967||2.32|
Bill Monbouquette Miscellaneous Stats
|Baserunning Statistics||Other Positions||Common Hitting Ratios||Common Pitching Ratios|
|1958 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||n/a||0.0||8.5||17.0||1.50||4.97||3.31|
|1959 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||1||n/a||0.0||1.6||46.0||2.64||5.16||1.96|
|1960 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||3||n/a||0.0||2.3||65.0||1.97||5.61||2.85|
|1961 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||1||n/a||0.0||2.4||13.8||1.61||6.13||3.81|
|1962 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||n/a||0.0||1.9||73.0||2.35||5.85||2.49|
|1963 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||n/a||0.0||2.0||88.0||4.14||5.87||1.42|
|1964 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||3||n/a||0.0||3.3||24.0||3.00||4.62||1.54|
|1965 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||1||n/a||0.0||2.3||34.0||2.75||4.33||1.57|
Bill Monbouquette Miscellaneous Items of Interest
Did you know that Bill Monbouquette won his ninety-sixth game on September 25, 1965 , the final game of the regular season, and the opposing starting pitcher was a future Hall of Famer appearing in his last Major League game named Satchel Paige (who set the Major League record for oldest pitcher in big league history). Trivia alert: Monbo, was last batter Satchel ever struck out.
Baseball Almanac hopes you enjoy this deeper look at and exclusive description of Bill Monbouquette's no hitter researched and written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), original text from No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Bill Monbouquette', Page 209):
Bill Monbouquette No Hitter (Box Score: 08-01-1962 )
Bill Monbouquette accomplished a baseball rarity by becoming the team's second pitcher in five weeks to hurl a no-hitter when he blanked the seventh place Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, August 1 at Comiskey Park. Earl Wilson had tossed a no-hitter for the Bosox on June 26 .
A small crowd of 17,185 was on hand to see Monbouquette, with an 8-10 record, take the mound for the eighth place Red Sox against 42-year old Early Wynn . The elder hurler Wynn was seeking his 298th win.
In his previous four starts, Monbouquette had lasted just 11 innings while giving up 17 runs and 19 hits. He hadn't won since July 8 .
This time, though, the 26-year-old right-hander, who pitched two one-hitters during his career, was unbeatable. He came within one batter of firing a perfect game while striking out seven.
The second proved to be his toughest inning. After Floyd Robinson opened with a ground out to second, Charley Maxwell drilled a ferocious lined toward the right field corner. Lu Clinton sprinted to the wall, and made a sensational leaping grab. Al Smith then became the only batter to reach base when he walked. He stayed on first, though, as Jim Landis struck out.
Monbouquette retired 22 batters in a row. During the game, only seven balls were hit to the outfield.
One of Boston's toughest defensive plays came in the sixth when Sherman Lollar hit a little looper into short right field. Second baseman Billy Gardner raced back and caught the ball with a fine running grab.
While Monbouquette was cruising along, Wynn was too. Over the first five innings, two singles by Clinton were the only Boston hits. But the aging Wynn began tiring in the eighth. He walked Gary Geiger to start the inning, but the runner was thrown out trying to steal. Then after striking out Carl Yastrzemski , Jim Pagliaroni and Pete Runnels singled. Lu Clinton followed with his third hit of the game, a single that drove in Pagliaroni with the game's only run.
Monbouquette had an easy time in the ninth. He started by striking out Lollar . Veteran Nellie Fox then came to the plate as a pinch-hitter, and Monbo got him on an easy grounder to Frank Malzone at third. The final hitter was Aparicio . Monbouquette fired two quick strikes, then a ball that just missed, and finally got the hitter on a swinging third strike.
Monbouquette had his no-hitter. He would finish the seasons with a 15-13 record.
Bill Monbouquette No Hitter ( Box Score ) | The Decatur Daily Review | August 2, 1962
Bill Monbouquette was a a local boy who signed wth the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1955, made his Major League Debut with the Red Sox in 1958, appeared in four All-Star Games as a Red Sox (1960, 1960, 1962, 1963), struck out seventeen batters in a game on May 12, 1961 (a new Red Sox record at the time), pitched the thirteenth no hitter in Red Sox history on August 1, 1962 , never missed a start for the Red Sox (six full consecutive years), and was a twenty-game winner for the Red Sox in 1963.
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