Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/20/14
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Mel Parnell died Tuesday at the age of 89 after a lengthy battle with cancer, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. Parnell was 123-75 with a 3.50 ERA in a 10-year career spent exclusively with the team, making him the winningest left-hander in Red Sox history and the fourth-best of either arm. After he arrived in Boston out of his native New Orleans in 1947, Parnell went on to lead the American League in wins in 1949. He was 25-7 with a 2.77 ERA that year and started the All-Star Game. He achieved All-Star honors again in 1951. He threw a no-hitter in 1956 against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park, months before elbow problems forced him into retirement. Parnell managed in the minor leagues from 1959-63 and broadcast with the Red Sox for a few years until he moved back home to New Orleans. He was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 1997. Parnell is survived by his wife, Velma, and four children.

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