Mel Parnell Stats

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.

"A consistent winner during his time in Boston, Mel Parnell disproved the theory that left-handers cannot pitch successfully at Fenway park. Employing a hard-breaking slider that kept the ball in on the hands of right-handed batters, Parnell compiled a record of 71-30 in his home ballpark, en route to posting an overall mark of 123-75 in his 10 years with the Red Sox. Particularly effective from 1948 to 1953, Parnell went 109-56 over that six-year stretch, surpassing 20 victories twice, and winning 18 games two other times. He further endeared himself to Red Sox fans during that period by performing especially well against the New York Yankees, defeating Boston's foremost rivals 15 times between 1949 and 1953." - Author Robert W. Cohen in The 50 Greatest Players in Boston Red Sox History (Down East Books, 11/07/2014. '#28. Mel Parnell', Page 192-93)
Mel Parnell

Mel Parnell Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#19 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991top05' title='1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Mel Parnell Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#19 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Melvin Lloyd Parnell
Nickname:
Dusty or Mel
Born On:
06-13-1922  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Year of Death Data Died On:
03-20-2012 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Cemetery:
Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans,Louisiana
High School:
S.J. Peters High School (New Orleans, LA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
180
First Game:
04-20-1947 (Age 24)
Last Game:
09-29-1956
Draft:
Not Applicable
Mel Parnell

Mel Parnell Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1947 25 Red Sox 15 5 5 2 3 .400 6.39 1 0 0 50.2 232 60 36 41 1 27 2 23 4 1 1 -
1948 26 Red Sox 35 27 5 15 8 .652 3.14 16 1 0 212.0 916 205 74 87 7 90 10 77 3 4 2 -
1949 27 Red Sox 39 33 5 25 7 .781 2.77 27 4 2 295.1 1,240 258 91 102 8 134 7 122 9 5 0 -
1950 28 Red Sox 40 31 8 18 10 .643 3.61 21 2 3 249.0 1,070 244 100 116 17 106 3 93 4 7 0 -
1951 29 Red Sox 36 29 4 18 11 .621 3.26 11 3 2 221.0 930 229 80 99 11 77 1 77 2 0 0 -
1952 30 Red Sox 33 29 3 12 12 .500 3.62 15 3 2 214.0 920 207 86 94 13 89 9 107 5 5 0 -
1953 31 Red Sox 38 34 2 21 8 .724 3.06 12 5 0 241.0 1,036 217 82 98 15 116 9 136 7 4 0 -
1954 32 Red Sox 19 15 2 3 7 .300 3.70 4 1 0 92.1 409 104 38 45 7 35 2 38 5 1 0 -
1955 33 Red Sox 13 9 2 2 3 .400 7.83 0 0 1 46.0 227 62 40 44 12 25 1 18 0 1 0 -
1956 34 Red Sox 21 20 0 7 6 .538 3.77 6 1 0 131.1 567 129 55 71 13 59 2 41 2 0 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
10 Years 289 232 36 123 75 .621 3.50 113 20 10 1,752.2 7,547 1,715 682 797 104 758 46 732 41 28 3 -
Mel Parnell

Mel Parnell Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1947 25 Red Sox 15 18 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 .056 .056 .056
1948 26 Red Sox 35 80 6 13 1 0 0 0 8 1 0 11 2 0 0 2 .163 .173 .175
1949 27 Red Sox 39 114 9 29 3 0 0 0 13 3 0 10 10 0 0 4 .254 .274 .281
1950 28 Red Sox 40 98 7 19 5 0 0 0 7 5 0 13 3 0 1 2 .194 .240 .245
1951 29 Red Sox 37 81 12 25 1 1 0 0 5 7 0 10 4 0 0 1 .309 .364 .346
1952 30 Red Sox 35 84 4 8 0 1 1 0 4 6 0 12 0 0 0 4 .095 .156 .155
1953 31 Red Sox 38 94 7 21 4 0 0 0 9 4 0 16 6 0 0 0 .223 .255 .266
1954 32 Red Sox 19 34 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 1 0 .088 .139 .118
1955 33 Red Sox 14 19 1 6 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .316 .316 .368
1956 34 Red Sox 21 46 4 7 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 11 4 0 0 0 .152 .188 .174
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
10 Years 293 668 52 132 17 2 1 0 50 29 0 94 30 0 2 13 .198 .233 .234
Mel Parnell

Mel Parnell Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
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
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 289 232 5,258 408 1.4 396 69 327 12 27 n/a n/a n/a .971 2.03
10 Years 289 232 5,258 408 1.4 396 69 327 12 27 n/a n/a n/a .971 2.03
Mel Parnell

Mel Parnell Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
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
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
10 Years 2 0 1.000 3 1 n/a 668.0 7.1 13.4 0.97 3.76 3.89
Mel Parnell

Mel Parnell Miscellaneous Items of Interest

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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.

Parnell opened by retiring Jim Rivera on a fly ball to center. Nellie Fox followed with a ground out to second and Minnie Minoso grounded out to third.

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 ( Top 25 ). No Red Sox pitcher has ever won as many games in a season since Parnell. None of Parnell's wins that historic season were aided by a Johnny Pesky home run, but the skinny lefty once earned a win in Fenway where Pesky homered near the right field pole - a pole Mel christened Pesky's Pole.
Pesky Pole
Mel Parnell "Coins" Pesky's Pole | Mr. Red Sox: The Johnny Pesky Story | Bill Nowlin | Page 146

Last-Modified: April 6, 2018 4:55 AM EST

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