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New Orleans Sports Hall of Famer Parnell Passes Away

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mel Parnell, a 1972 inductee into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, passed away on Tuesday (3/21/12) after a long battle with cancer. Parnell was a graduate of S.J. Peters High School who went on to a very successful pitching career with the Boston Red Sox.

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One of the winningest pitchers in Red Sox history, Parnell pitched for the team for 10 years, registering a 123-74 (.624) record with a 3.50 ERA, 113 complete games and 20 shutouts. He tossed a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox in 1956, the first at Fenway Park since 1923. He was also Boston's opening day starter for three straight years from 1952 to 1954. His best season was the 1949 campaign when he posted a 25-7 mark, leading the league in wins, ERA (2.77), complete games (27) and innings (295.1). He was selected as the starting pitcher for the American League in the 1949 All-Star Game and finished fourth to teammate Ted Williams in the AL MVP voting.

Here is his full obituary from Wednesday's Times-Picayune.