Mel Parnell was born on Tuesday, June 13, 1922, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Parnell was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 20, 1947, 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 Mel Parnell baseball stats page.
Mel Parnell Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#19 | Checklist )
Mel Parnell Pitching Stats
Mel Parnell Hitting Stats
Mel Parnell Fielding Stats
|1947 Red Sox||P||15||5||152||8||0.5||7||0||7||1||0||n/a||n/a||n/a||.875||1.24|
|1948 Red Sox||P||35||27||636||58||1.7||57||9||48||1||3||n/a||n/a||n/a||.983||2.42|
|1949 Red Sox||P||39||33||886||61||1.6||61||8||53||0||5||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||1.86|
|1950 Red Sox||P||40||31||747||75||1.9||74||7||67||1||6||n/a||n/a||n/a||.987||2.67|
|1951 Red Sox||P||36||29||663||53||1.5||50||8||42||3||2||n/a||n/a||n/a||.943||2.04|
|1952 Red Sox||P||33||29||642||53||1.6||53||15||38||0||4||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||2.23|
|1953 Red Sox||P||38||34||723||39||1.0||37||10||27||2||4||n/a||n/a||n/a||.949||1.38|
|1954 Red Sox||P||19||15||277||21||1.1||20||3||17||1||1||n/a||n/a||n/a||.952||1.95|
|1955 Red Sox||P||13||9||138||12||0.9||11||2||9||1||0||n/a||n/a||n/a||.917||2.15|
|1956 Red Sox||P||21||20||394||28||1.3||26||7||19||2||2||n/a||n/a||n/a||.929||1.78|
Mel Parnell Miscellaneous Stats
|Baserunning Statistics||Other Positions||Common Hitting Ratios||Common Pitching Ratios|
|1947 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||n/a||0.0||4.5||18.0||0.85||4.09||4.80|
|1948 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||n/a||0.0||7.3||10.0||0.86||3.27||3.82|
|1949 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||n/a||0.0||11.4||8.8||0.91||3.72||4.08|
|1950 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||n/a||0.0||7.5||14.0||0.88||3.36||3.83|
|1951 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||1||n/a||0.0||8.1||16.2||1.00||3.14||3.14|
|1952 Red Sox||0||0||.000||2||0||n/a||84.0||7.0||21.0||1.20||4.50||3.74|
|1953 Red Sox||1||0||1.000||0||0||n/a||0.0||5.9||10.4||1.17||5.08||4.33|
|1954 Red Sox||1||0||1.000||0||0||n/a||0.0||8.5||0.0||1.09||3.70||3.41|
|1955 Red Sox||0||0||.000||1||0||n/a||0.0||6.3||6.3||0.72||3.52||4.89|
|1956 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||n/a||0.0||4.2||0.0||0.69||2.81||4.04|
Mel Parnell Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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|1956 Boston Red Sox||17||Undetermined||-||-|
|Mel Parnell Stats by Baseball Almanac|
On September 8, 1997, the Boston Red Sox inducted Mel Parnell into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame (the inductee class on that date also included Carlton Fisk , Dick O'Connell, Rico Petrocelli , Dick Radatz and Luis Tiant ). His Red Sox Hall of Fame biography reads as follows:
Mel Parnell, P (1947-56)
Mel spent his entire 10-year career with the Red Sox July 14, 1956 , against the White Sox in Fenway Park. Parnell still holds the club career marks of left-handed pitchers with 1,752.2 innings pitched, 232 games started, and 123 wins.
Jon Lester threw a no-hitter at Fenway Park on May 19, 2008 . Fifty-two years earlier, Mel Parnell threw a no-hitter at Fenway Park on July 14, 1956 . It was the last time a left-handed Red Sox pitcher had tossed a no-hitter. A feat worth examining:
Mel Parnell No Hitter ( July 14, 1956 ).
The winningest lefthander in Red Sox history , Mel Parnell had fallen on rocky times by his Saturday July 14, 1956 date with the second place Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. He had been on the disabled list with serious injuries for three straight seasons, and had seen only limited action for the fourth place Red Sox. Early in 1956, he had gone on the disabled list with a severe sprain of the left ankle, and, thought to be washed up, had a mere 2-2 record when he squared off against Jim McDonald before a crowd of 14,542.
But the plucky southpaw still had a good game left in him.
Using mostly a wicked sinkerball, the 34-year-old hurler became the first lefthander to pitch a no-hitter at Fenway Park and the first to fire one in 33 years.
Parnell struck out four and walked two while facing just one over the minimum number of batters. Twelve White Sox hit ground ball outs.
The lefty issued his first walk in the second when he passed Larry Doby with one out. Doby was quickly erased as Sherm Lollar grounded to short to Don Buddin , who flipped to Billy Goodman at second for one out. The relay to Mickey Vernon at first nailed Lollar .
Another White Sox batter reached first in the third when Buddin threw wildly after fielding Sammy Esposito's leadoff grounder. Esposito was thrown out by catcher Sammy White trying to steal second. Parnell finished the inning by getting Luis Aparicio on a liner to center on which McDonald .
Beginning with Aparicio's fly, Parnell retired 17 White Sox in a row. Ar one point, he struck out three straight, including Aparicio and McDonald on strikes in the sixth and Rivera leading off the seventh.
Boston scored twice in the fourth, Billy Klaus got the first hit with a double, went to third on a singled by Ted Williams and scored on a single by Vernon . Williams scored on a single by Vernon . Williams scored on Jackie Jensen's double play grounder. The Red Sox added one run in the sixth on Goodman's double and Klaus' singled, and one in the seventh on a double by Parnell and single by Buddin .
Klaus made a sparkling catch of Minoso's liner over third to end the seventh. Then Parnell set down the White Sox on three ground outs in the eighth with bouncers to third by Dave Philley and Lollar surrounding a ground out to second by Doby .
Pitching carefully in the ninth, Parnell opened by walking Esposito on a 3-2 pitch. that was followed by the defensive gem of the game when Goodman , playing close to second, dove for a shot hit up the middle by Aparicio , knocked it down, and flipped to Buddin for a forceout. Had Esposito not been on base, Goodman would have never gotten the ball to first to beat the hitter.
Pinch-hitter Bubba Phillips grounded to third where Klaus threw to second for another forceout. Then pinch-hitter Walt Dropo , a former Red Sox star, hit Parnell's first pitch back to the mound. Parnell fielded the ball and ran to first with it to record the putout.
The game would mark Parnell's last hurrah. He finished the season with a 7-6 record, but it would be his last year in the big leagues as injuries continued to take a heavy toll.
Mel Parnell won twenty-five games in 1949,
leading the American League in games won
pitcher has ever won as many games in a season since Parnell. None of Parnell's wins that historic season were aided by a
home run, but the skinny lefty once earned a win in Fenway where
homered near the right field pole - a pole Mel christened Pesky's Pole.
Mel Parnell "Coins" Pesky's Pole | Mr. Red Sox: The Johnny Pesky Story | Bill Nowlin | Page 146
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