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    Jun 6, 1977 - Luis Tiant wins his 100th game as a Red Sox‚ defeating Kansas City‚ 1-0. Boston's other 100+ winners include Cy Young (193)‚ Mel Parnell (123)‚ Joe Wood (112)‚ Joe Dobson (106)‚ and Lefty Grove (105) (Roger Clemens will join the group with 192). Yaz walks in the game‚ his 1‚452nd‚ tying him for 10th on the all time list with Jimmie Foxx.

    Jul 11, 1957 - Red Sox lefty Mel Parnell retires on the day he becomes a 10-year man.

    Aug 23, 1956 - At Boston‚ the Sox score a run in the 8th on 3 walks and a sac fly to beat Cleveland's Bob Lemon‚ 2-1. He and Mel Parnell (7-3) each allow 3 hits. For Parnell‚ it is his last ML win. He'll lose his last 3 decisions and retire at the end of the year. The little lefty is 71-30 at Fenway‚ the 4th best Hub lefty behind Ruth.

    Jul 14, 1956 - Boston lefty Mel Parnell pitches a no-hitter against the White Sox at Fenway Park‚ winning 4-0. Parnell makes the last putout unassisted. It is only Parnell's 3rd win against 2 losses and is the 6th straight loss-it'll reach 11-for 2nd-place Chicago. The no-hitter is the first for the Red Sox since 1923. Parnell will go 4-4 before a torn muscle in his pitching arm ends his career as the Red Sox' winningest southpaw.

    Apr 10, 1956 - Why don't these count? Mel Parnell pitches a 4-hitter in Greenville‚ SC as his Red Sox kick the Phillies 21-1.

    Aug 10, 1954 - Boston's Mel Parnell‚ who fractured his arm in April‚ posts his first win of the year‚ beating the Senators‚ 4-0.

    Apr 24, 1954 - In the 3rd inning of a 6-1 Boston win‚ Mickey McDermott of the Senators fractures former teammate Boston P Mel Parnell's left forearm with a pitch. A pinch runner for Parnell‚ a walk‚ and then a popped bunt is nabbed by McDermott‚ who starts a triple play. Parnell will be out till August 1st when he returns to beat the Senators.

    Apr 19, 1954 - On Patriot's Day in Boston‚ The Yankees sweep both games from the Red Sox. New York wins the morning game‚ 2-1‚ on Jim MacDonald's one hitter. Harry Agganis has Boston's only hit‚ a second inning bloop single. In the afternoon game‚ the Yankees top Mel Parnell‚ 5-0 behind Jim McDonald‚ as Mickey Mantle belts his first homer of the year.

    Apr 13, 1954 - Rookie Spook Jacobs‚ in his first ML game‚ gets 4 hits while Bill Renna and Gus Zernial bang homers in the A's 6-4 victory over the Red Sox. Bobby Shantz is the winner‚ but leaves in the 6th because of a pulled muscle which will take several years to completely heal. He won't pitch again this year ending the season today at 1-0. Mel Parnell goes 6 innings for the loss.

    Sep 25, 1953 - At Yankee Stadium‚ the Red Sox win 5-0 behind Mel Parnell's 4th shutout of the Yankees this year. It is the lefty's 21st win and his 5th this year against New York.

    Sep 19, 1953 - Lefty Mel Parnell shuts out the Yankees‚ 3-0‚ at Fenway Park to win his 20th of the year. It is Parnell's 3rd shut out over the Yankees this year. Raschi loses to the Sox for the 1st time since September 5‚ 1951.

    Sep 7, 1953 - In Boston‚ Mel Parnell surrenders a homer to Mickey Mantle but the Red Sox ace tops New York‚ 7-4. in the first game of a doubleheader. New York comes back to win the nitecap‚ 5-3.

    Aug 23, 1953 - The Red Sox bat pitcher Mel Parnell in the 6th spot against the Senators‚ where he collects 2 hits before exiting in the 7th. Ted Williams homers in the 7th and his replacement‚ Olson‚ doubles in the winner in the 9th. Sox win‚ 4-3.

    Jul 1, 1953 - Boston's Mel Parnell shuts out the Yanks‚ 4-0‚ for his 100th career win. The lefty becomes the 5th pitcher to win 100 games in a Red Sox uniform (Young‚ Wood‚ Grove‚ Dobson).

    May 22, 1953 - The Red Sox add two more 3-2 wins to move within 2 1/2 games of the Yankees. Unbeaten Mel Parnell wins his 6th in the opener as George Kell homers and singles in the winner. The Red Sox take the nitecap in 12 innings as Freeman beats Carl Scheib.

    May 18, 1953 - The Tigers and Red Sox split a pair‚ with Detroit winning the opener 5-2 behind Ned Garner. Walt Dropo has a single‚ double and triple against his old teammates. His first inning single‚ off the Green monster‚ drives in his AL-leading 26th run. The Sox win the nitecap‚ 8-5 behind Mel Parnell (5-0) and Ellis Kinder.

    Sep 24, 1952 - At Fenway‚ New York's Johnny Sain relieves in the 10th for a 3-2 win in the opener‚ then relieves in the nightcap to preserve an 8-6 win. Mantle leads the way with a homer‚ triple‚ 2 doubles and a single on the afternoon‚ driving in 6 runs. His triple in the 10th wins the opener‚ and his 4th inning homer in the nightcap‚ off Mel Parnell‚ gives New York a 7-0 lead. Boston comes back to cut the lead to one run in the 8th inning when they score two runs off Bob Kuzava. In the 9th‚ Mantle misses on a sac bunt attempt‚ then doubles home Rizzuto with another run. New York now leads Cleveland by 2 games with 4 to play.

    Sep 20, 1952 - The Senators top the Red Sox‚ 10-6‚ and pin the loss on Mel Parnell‚ his first defeat to the Nats since May 28‚ 1948. Parnell had won 17 straight against Washington but the portsider does not survive the 4th inning. Shea has 2 hits and 2 RBI to help his win.

    Aug 10, 1952 - The Red Sox cut the Yankee lead in the A.L. to 1 1/2 games with a 3-1 victory at Yankee Stadium. Dick Gernert and Dom Dimaggio hit 10th inning homers off reliever Johnny Sain‚ and 41-year-old Al Benton picks up the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief. Benton comes in Mel Parnell with one out in the 9th and the sacks full and stops the threat. Mantle‚ leading off the 10th‚ is retired on drag bunt attempt by Benton‚ who is the only hurler to pitch to both Mantle and Babe Ruth.

    May 30, 1952 - The Senators and Red Sox split a pair‚ Washington taking the opener‚ 5-2‚ and Boston the nitecap‚ 5-3. Ferrick beats Kinder in game 1 behind Yost's 3-run homer‚ while in game 2 Mel Parnell wins his 17th in a row against Washington. Parnell last lost to Washington on May 28‚ 1948. Kinder (vs. Chicago) and Parnell are tied for Red Sox record for consecutive wins against an opponent‚ but Kinder will move ahead on June 1. The Senators will run up a streak of their own winning their next 9 vs. Boston.

    Apr 16, 1952 - Rain postpones two openers today‚ but at Washington‚ Mel Parnell‚ batting 7th ahead of Lepcio and Niarhos‚ pitches a 3-0 win‚ allowing 3 hits.

    Jul 1, 1951 - Before 58‚815 at Yankee Stadium‚ the Yanks top the Red Sox‚ 5-2‚ behind Eddie Lopat's 6-hitter. The win moves the Yankees ahead of the White Sox by 4 percentage points. Jerry Coleman homers off Mel Parnell‚ while Johnny Pesky connects for the Sox. Bobby Doerr singles for his 2‚000th career hit.

    May 23, 1951 - Mel Parnell gives up 4 hits in shutting out the Browns‚ while stroking 4 hits himself. Ted Williams walks 5 times in the 12-0 win. Vern Stephens sets an assist record for third baseman‚ with an assist from SS Johnny Pesky. On the last out of the game‚ a grounder to Pesky‚ he flips to Stephens‚ who fires to 1B to set the record at 10 assists. Malzone will equal the record in 1957 and Ken McMullen will top it‚ in 1966.

    Apr 20, 1951 - The A's win their first game at Fenway since September 12‚ 1948‚ beating the Sox‚ 6-3. Making it sweeter is besting Mel Parnell‚ winner of 10 straight over Philadelphia. The A's break a 3-3 tie in the 8th with 3 runs to make Alex Kellner the winner‚ just the 3rd lefty since 1948 to go the distance in Fenway.

    Sep 25, 1950 - Both Mel Parnell and rookie Harry Taylor of the Red Sox shut out Philadelphia‚ winning 8-0 and 3-0. Parnell throws a 3-hitter‚ and Taylor allows only 2 hits in the nightcap to win his first ML game.

    Sep 23, 1950 - The Yankees‚ tied for 1st place with the Tigers and 2 games ahead of Boston‚ open a crucial series with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. DiMaggio's 1st inning HR off Mel Parnell is all the scoring needed‚ as the Bombers win 8-0. Ed Lopat gives up 5 hits‚ including a leadoff triple to Dom DiMaggio‚ in posting his 100th career win.

    Sep 17, 1950 - With relief help from Kinder in the 9th‚ Mel Parnell wins his 9th in a row to give the Red Sox a 3-2 win over the Tigers. With the Yankees splitting with St. Louis‚ Boston is now 1 1/2 games behind the league leaders‚ and a half game behind 2nd place Detroit.

    Sep 2, 1950 - At Philadelphia‚ Mel Parnell registers his 9th straight win over the A's as the Red Sox win 9-3.

    Aug 25, 1950 - The Red Sox win their 11th straight‚ beating the leading Tigers‚ 6-2‚ behind Mel Parnell. Boston‚ in 4th place‚ is just 3 1/2 games in back of Detroit.

    Apr 18, 1950 - At Fenway‚ Happy Chandler gives Ted Williams his MVP Award‚ and then Governor Paul Dever tosses out the first ball. To the delight of 31‚822 fans‚ Boston rips starter Allie Reynolds with a five-run 4th inning to drive the Chief from the game and take a 9-0 over the Yankees. But the Yanks score four in the 6th off Mel Parnell and then‚ down 10-4‚ New York unloads for nine runs in the 8th. 2B Billy Martin (2-for-2) becomes the first player in history to get two base hits in one inning in his first ML game. He doubles against Mel Parnell on his first at bat in the 8th inning‚ and singles off Al Papai. Walt Masterson gives up Tommy Henrich's 2nd triple of the game before giving way to four more Sox hurlers. Boo Ferriss‚ pitching in his last game‚ allows the last two runs in the 9th inning as the Yanks chalk up a 15-10 win‚ the biggest blown lead the Sox have ever had at Fenway (June 4‚ 1989‚ they'll blow a 10-run lad at home). DiMaggio‚ Berra‚ Vern Stephens‚ and Doerr each have three hits. Don Johnson is the winner‚ his last one for New York‚ with Joe Page pitching a perfect 8th and 9th in relief.

    Oct 2, 1949 - The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox enter the final day of the season tied for first place. Nearly 70‚000 pack Yankee Stadium to see the finale. Rizzuto triples and score in the 1st inning and Vic Raschi nurses the 1-0 lead into the 8th against Ellis Kinder before the Yankees score 4 against a tired Mel Parnell and an unlucky Tex Hughson. A Sox rally falls short‚ and the Yankees win the game and the pennant‚ 5-3. Ted Williams is hitless in 2 official trips (and 1-for-12 in his last 4 games) while George Kell of the Tigers goes 2-for-3. Kell's final mark is .3429 while Williams' is .3427. Ted leads the AL in homers (43) and ties for the lead with teammate Vern Stephens in RBIs with 159. He also reaches base 358 times (194 hits‚ 162 walks‚ and 2 hit by pitches)‚ the 2nd highest total in ML history. Only Ruth in 1923 reached more times.

    Sep 28, 1949 - In Washington‚ the Red Sox score a run against Ray Scarborough‚ the Nats' top pitcher‚ and lead 1-0 going into the 9th. But Washington scores twice to win‚ the second run coming in when reliever Mel Parnell‚ facing Buddy Lewis‚ bounces a 1-2 wild pitch in the dirt past C Birdie Tebbetts. The Red Sox drop into a tie for first place.

    Sep 25, 1949 - Despite 71 injuries that kept players out of games‚ Casey Stengel and his Yankees have been in first place all season. But today the Red Sox (93-55) move into a tie for first place with a 4-1 victory over Allie Reynolds. Ted Williams hits his 43rd HR‚ and Mel Parnell allows just 4 hits in winning his 25th game of the season. The lefty is 16-3 at Fenway this year‚ while the Red Sox have won their last 21 games at home. Joe DiMaggio listens to the game from a hospital‚ bedridden with pneumonia. The Yankees return to New York and are greeted at Grand Central Station by a huge crowd of fans‚ including Mrs. Babe Ruth‚ who predicts‚ "Whoever wins tomorrow should go all the way."

    Sep 20, 1949 - The Red Sox rally to beat the Indians‚ 6-5‚ after Boston manager Joe McCarthy complains that Indian pitcher Bob Lemon‚ who allows no hits in the first 5 innings‚ was fingering the peak of his cap between pitches. Ordered to replace the sweat-stained hat‚ Lemon then loses his no-hitter when pitcher Mel Parnell slaps a 6th inning single to ignite a 5-run Sox rally. Parnell wins his 24th.

    Sep 16, 1949 - When Browns' C Les Moss catches a pop foul‚ Red Sox base runner Birdie Tebbett's starts for 2nd drawing the throw. Lou Stringer‚ the baserunner on 3rd‚ then scores. Stringer has 4 hits‚ 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored as the Red Sox roll‚ 12-4. Mel Parnell is the easy winner at Fenway. With the Yanks beating the Tigers‚ Boston remain 2 1/2 games in back.

    Sep 14, 1949 - Ellis Kinder wins his 20th game for the Red Sox‚ shutting out the Tigers‚ 1-0‚ at Fenway for his 10th straight victory. Kinder joins teammate Mel Parnell‚ the last time this century that the Sox will have a pair of 20-game winners in a year.

    Sep 10, 1949 - At Philadelphia‚ Red Sox lefty Mel Parnell tops the A's‚ 9-1‚ for his 22nd victory of the year.

    Aug 26, 1949 - The Red Sox sweep a pair from the Chisox‚ winning 11-4 and 10-7 and now trail the Yankees by 1 1/2 games. Mel Parnell takes the opener‚ becoming the majors first 20-game winner this year. Ted Williams blasts his 31st and 32nd homers in the opener and is now just one behind teammate Vern Stephens. Bobby Doerr has 4 hits and 4 RBIs. In the second game Chicago's Bob Kuzava opens by allowing a run on a walk and 2 singles‚ then ties an AL mark last accomplished by Feller in 1938 by striking out six straight batters (Stephens‚ Doerr‚ Zarilla‚ Goodman‚ Matt Batts‚ Kinder). Later he is hit by an Al Zarilla line drive and taken to a hospital with bruised ribs‚ but not before losing to Ellis Kinder (16-5). The Bosox pound out 16 hits‚ including 3 more by Williams (.356)‚ and 4 by Johnny Pesky.

    Jul 4, 1949 - At New York‚ the Yankees sweep 2 games from Boston‚ thanks in part to the weather. The 3-2 and 6-4 losses extend the Red Sox losing streak to 8 games. In the opener‚ the Sox entered the 9th trailing by a run despite homers by Dom DiMaggio and Vern Stephens. When Raschi walks Stephens to load the bases with one out‚ dark clouds suddenly block the sun and a violent wind blows dust that obscures the outfielders. Boston batter Al Zarilla then lines a single to LF‚ but Johnny Pesky‚ the runner on 3rd‚ can't see if the ball is caught or not by Cliff Mapes. The perfect throw home forces Pesky‚ and Doerr pops out. In game 2‚ Joe DiMaggio's 5th homer ties the game at 4-all in the 5th‚ and Billy Johnson's bases loaded single in the 7th off Mel Parnell decides it. Darkness halts the 2nd game-delayed 48 minutes because of rain-after 7 1/2 innings‚ leaving New York leading Boston by 12 games. The Yanks have drawn 1‚005‚ 343 for 35 home games.

    Jun 30, 1949 - DiMaggio's 4th HR in 3 games‚ a 3-run shot off the LF light tower‚ gives the Yankees 6-3 win‚ and a sweep of 5th place Boston. Vic Raschi (12-2) picks up the win over Mel Parnell (10-4). The Yanks leave Boston with a 5 1/2 game lead over the A's.

    Apr 16, 1949 - At Fenway‚ Tom O'Brien and Junior Stephens clout homers to give the Red Sox a 5-2 win over their Hub rivals‚ the Braves. Mel Parnell gives up 3 hits in 5 innings.

    Oct 4, 1948 - In a one-game playoff for the AL pennant at Fenway Park‚ the Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3 behind rookie knuckleballer Gene Bearden‚ who wins his 20th game. Red Sox manager Joe McCarthy ignores the well-rested rotation pitchers Ellis Kinder and Mel Parnell to go with journeyman Denny Galehouse (8-7). With the score 1-1 in the 4th‚ Ken Keltner hits a 3-run HR over the LF fence. Player-manager Lou Boudreau gets 4 hits‚ including a pair of homers‚ and finishes the year with just 9 strikeouts‚ the lowest number since 1922.

    Sep 30, 1948 - The idle Indians watch their lead shaved to 1 1/2 games as both the Red Sox and Yankees win. Mel Parnell stops the Senators‚ 7-3‚ for his 15th victory; In the rain at Shibe Park‚ the Yankees edge the A's‚ 9-7. Vic Raschi pitches the 9th for a save.

    Sep 26, 1948 - The Yankees Tommy Henrich reaches Mel Parnell for a two-run homer in the 1st inning and Joe DiMaggio adds another pair in the 4th inning on a single. Tommy Byrne stops the Red Sox to give New York a 6-2 win. But Gus Niarhos‚ NY's starting catcher since early August‚ breaks his finger and is out for the year.

    Sep 21, 1948 - After all three contenders won yesterday‚ the Red Sox repeat with a 10-2 win over the Tigers. Mel Parnell scatters 11 hits. Boston is a game ahead of the idle Indians and 1 1/2 ahead of the idle Yankees.

    Sep 16, 1948 - At St. Louis‚ Cliff Fannin allows 4 Boston hits through 8 innings and hangs on to beat the leading Red Sox and Mel Parnell‚ 3-1.

    Sep 11, 1948 - The Red Sox maintain their pace with a sweep of the A's‚ winning a day-night twinbill‚ 9-1 and 2-1. Denny Galehouse and Mel Parnell toss complete games.

    Aug 31, 1948 - The Red Sox keep their precarious hold on 1st place with an 8-4 win over the Tigers. Mel Parnell is the complete game winner. Ted Williams has 2 hits‚ scores 2 runs and steals a base.

    Jul 19, 1948 - At Boston‚ Mel Parnell wins stopping the Browns‚ 4-1 as his infielders tally 11 assists. The Sox score all their runs in the 1st on Bobby Doerr's grand slam.

    Jun 8, 1948 - In a game that Ted Williams later recalls as one of the most important of the year‚ the visiting Indians trip the Red Sox‚ 2-0‚ behind Gene Bearden's 6th win. Lou Boudreau's controversial 2-run homer in the 4th inning off Mel Parnell is all the scoring. The seemingly foul ball drops into the RF corner stands and is called fair by 1st-base umpire Charley Berry. The Sox are now 11 games behind.

    May 5, 1948 - Against the TigersRed Sox P Mel Parnell has 2 balks called on successive pitches. He scatters 10 hits and gets no decision as reliever Ellis Kinder is the 4-3 winner. SS Vern Stephens participates in 5 DPs with Boston getting another going Williams to Tebbetts.

    May 17, 1947 - A seagull flies over Fenway Park and pelts St. Louis Browns P Ellis Kinder with a 3-pound smelt‚ missing him by a gill. The unflappable Kinder holds on to top the Red Sox‚ 4-2‚ giving up 6 hits‚ including Eddie Pellagrini's 3rd homer of the year. Mel Parnell gives up 3 runs in 4 innings for the loss.

    Apr 30, 1947 - The Red Sox pick up their first win of the year in a 7-1 victory over the Tigers. Hal Newhouser (0-3) is the loser as rookie Mel Parnell wins his first ML game.

    Aug 31, 1942 - Mel Parnell‚ pitching for Canton (Middle Atlantic League) pitches 18 innings against Zanesville‚ winning 5-4. He almost wins his own game in the 17th after singling and going to 2B on a bunt. The next batter singles but Parnell is thrown out at the plate. Parnell finishes the season at 16-9 for Canton.

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