By Mary Foster, Associated Press
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 7:30 AM PDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) ó Mel Parnell, the left-handed pitcher who spent his entire 10-year career with the Boston Red Sox and faced some of the best hitters of the 1940s and early 1950s, has died. He was 89.
Parnell, a New Orleans native, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer, said his son, Dr. Mel Parnell Jr.
Mel Parnell was masterful at Fenway Park even though he pitched in front of the Green Monster, a home run hitterís dream at only 310 feet down the left field line. Parnell had a career record of 123-75, but he was 70-30 at Fenway.
He still holds the club record for left-handed pitchers in games started, innings and victories. Parnellís victories rank second in team history, behind Cy Young and Roger Clemens, who each had 192 victories.