Bill Monbouquette

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Bill Monbouquette
Bill Monbouquette 1967.jpg
Monbouquette in 1967
Pitcher
Born: (1936-08-11)August 11, 1936
Medford, Massachusetts
Died: January 25, 2015(2015-01-25) (aged 78)
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 18, 1958 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 3, 1968 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
Win–loss record 114–112
Earned run average 3.68
Strikeouts 1,122
Teams
Career highlights and awards

William Charles Monbouquette (August 11, 1936 – January 25, 2015) was an American professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox (1958–1965), Detroit Tigers (1966–1967), New York Yankees (1967–1968), and the San Francisco Giants (1968).

Professional playing career[edit]

During an 11-year career, Monbouquette compiled 114 wins, 1,122 strikeouts, and a 3.68 earned run average.

A finesse pitcher who relied on changing speeds and a superb control, Monbouquette was signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1955 and started his majors career on July 18, 1958. He became the ace of a weak Boston pitching rotation in the early 1960s, winning at least 14 games from 1960–63, with a career-high 20 victories in 1963. A four-time All-Star, Monbouquette no-hit the Chicago White Sox 1-0 on August 1, 1962 at Comiskey Park; a second-inning walk to Al Smith was the only baserunner Monbouquette allowed. He also collected three one-hit games, and set a club record with a 17 strikeout-game against the Washington Senators in 1961.

On September 25, 1965 in a game against the Kansas City A's, Monbouquette was the starting pitcher versus 58-year old Hall of Famer Satchel Paige. Monbouquette threw a complete game for his tenth win of the season, but became the final strikeout victim of Paige's in the 3rd inning.

After going 96-91 with Boston, Monbouquette was sent to the Detroit Tigers before the 1966 season. He also pitched for the Yankees and finished his career with the Giants on September 3, 1968. He never made the postseason.

Monbouquette was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2000. He was a pitching coach for Detroit Single-A affiliate team, Oneonta Tigers. Bill was also once professional hockey player Wayne Muloin's brother-in-law.[1]

Illness and death[edit]

In May 2008, the Boston Globe reported that Monbouquette was suffering from acute myelogenous leukemia. The chemotherapy and drug treatment he received had the disease in remission, but he needed a bone marrow and stem cell transplant to be cured.[2] The Red Sox, in conjunction with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, on June 7, 2008 encouraged fans to enroll in the National Marrow Donor Registry at Tufts University in hopes of finding a suitable donor for Monbouquette and others suffering from the disease.[3]

In 2010, the Boston rock band The Remains released a song, "Monbo Time," as a tribute to Monbouquette. The Remains pledged to donate 50% of the revenues they receive from sales of the song to cancer research. (06880danwoog.com, April 23, 2010; Boston Herald, April 22, 2010; nesn.com, April 14, 2010)

Monbouquette died on January 25, 2015, aged 78.[4]

Quotes[edit]

  • "I got there when I was 21 years old and it was the greatest experience I've ever had. My big league debut was against the Tigers and I remember Billy Martin stole home on me."
  • After his no-hitter: "That was something very special because I hadn't won a game in close to two months. I was struggling."
  • "Those were my most enjoyable years. I loved pitching at Fenway and loved pitching for the Red Sox."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bruins entertain Oakland tonight". Nashua Telegraph (Google News). Associated Press. October 18, 1969. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ Stan Grossfeld (2008-05-16). "Monbo fights on: Former Red Sox ace refuses to yield in the battle of his life - against leukemia". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  3. ^ Gordon Edes and Amalie Benjamin (2008-06-07). "Injury cast in a good light". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 8 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  4. ^ Abraham, Peter (January 26, 2015). "Former Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette dies at 78". bostonglobe.com. Boston Globe. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 

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Preceded by
Sandy Koufax
No-hitter pitcher
August 1, 1962
Succeeded by
Jack Kralick
Preceded by
Rube Walker
New York Mets Pitching Coach
1982 - 1983
Succeeded by
Mel Stottlemyre