He became the winningest southpaw in team history, going 123-75. Only Clemens, Wakefield and Cy Young gained more victories. He was twice a 20-game winner, leading the AL with 25 in 1949 (along with a league-high 27 complete games in 33 starts) and going 21-8 in 1953. A two-time All-Star, Parnell spent his entire 10-year career with the Red Sox, compiling a 3.50 ERA (though just 3.33 over his first 7 seasons) and 20 shutouts. In 1956, his final season, Mel no-hit the White Sox on July 14 at Fenway, the first by a Boston pitcher in three decades.
"On that particular day, I had a very good screwball. My slider was working good. That gave me pitches that I could work in and out on hitters. I pretty much was able to get the ball right where I wanted it with each pitch, and things fell in line for me."
In retirement he joined the Sox' TV broadcast booth, calling games on WHDH with Ned Martin and Curt Gowdy. Mel called what would become the pennant-clinching moment for the 1967 Red Sox as the beat the Twins at Fenway:
"Little soft pop-up...Petrocelli will take it...he does! The ball game is over! The Red Sox win it! And what a mob on this field! They're coming out of the stands from all over!"
Edited by mabrowndog, 20 March 2012 - 09:53 PM.