Bill Monbouquette

  • Born: August 11, 1936
  • Died: January 25, 2015
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts

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In this Jan. 31, 1964 file photo, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette poses for a photo at the annual Boston Baseball Writers of America awards dinner in Boston. The Red Sox announced that Monbouquette died Sunday Jan. 25, 2015 in Boston from complications from leukemia. The 20-game winner, and four-time All-Star who threw a no-hitter and who spent more than 50 years in professional baseball was 78. (AP Photo, File)

Red Sox All-Star pitcher dies at 78

BOSTON (AP) — Bill Monbouquette, an All-Star pitcher who threw a no-hitter and had a 20-win season for his hometown Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 78.

Monbouquette died Sunday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston due to complications from leukemia, the Red Sox announced Monday.

Monbouquette spent more than 50 years in professional baseball as a player, coach and scout. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2000.

Born and raised in nearby Medford, the right-hander was signed by Boston in 1955 and made his Red Sox debut three years later at age 21. He was selected to four All-Star teams, starting for the American League in 1960, and pitched a no-hitter in Chicago for a 1-0 win against the White Sox on Aug. 1, 1962.

Monbouquette spent the first eight of his 11 major league seasons with the Red Sox. He went 20-10 with a 3.81 ERA for Boston in 1963 and also pitched for the Detroit Tigers (1966-67), New York Yankees (1967-68) and San Francisco Giants (1968). He finished with a 114-112 record and a 3.68 ERA.

Affectionately nicknamed "Monbo," he set a Red Sox record by striking out 17 batters in a 2-1 victory over the Washington Senators on May 12, 1961. The mark stood until Roger Clemens established a major league record with 20 strikeouts in a 1986 game against Seattle.

Monbouquette ranks seventh on the Red Sox career list with 96 wins and often visited Fenway Park in recent years, the team said.

After his playing career ended, he spent 38 years as a coach and scout with the Yankees, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, and Tigers. He was the Mets' pitching coach from 1982-83, and retired from baseball in 2005 following six consecutive seasons as a pitching coach in the Tigers' system.

Monbouquette lived in Medford until moving to Gloucester in recent years. He is survived by his wife, Josephine, and three children, Marc, Michel, and Merric, as well as three grandchildren, the Red Sox said.

Funeral arrangements were pending.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Kathy, Heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your brother. I know how that goes as you well know. Sending prayers to you and the family at this very difficult time. My heart goes out to you. Much love, Paula Walsh Tringali

Posted by Paula Tringali - Saugus, MA - Friend   April 16, 2015

Bill, thanks for so many memories. You were clearly one of the best. More importantly, you were always a class act.

Posted by Randolph Evans - Birmingham, AL   February 02, 2015

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Dearest friends Marc and family,
With much heartfelt sadness, I send condolences and blessings to all of you in the loss of your Dad,husband, and friend. May you look back and treasure every moment, laugh, hug, talks, and dreams made with him. His demeanor is certainly reflected through each of you. Continue to share him with Cam, Matt and Sofie...I know they were the sparkle in his eye. As he is at ease now, let God lift your grief.
Much love to you, though not there , I am with you in thought and prayer. Love, Ginger Fisher, Friend Pensacola, FL

Posted by VM Fisher Slanker - Pensaacola, FL - Friend   January 31, 2015

Dear Mike and family,
We are very sorry to hear of your fathers passing. May all your special memories help you through this difficult time. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Jack & Joanne Harding

Posted by John & Joanne Harding - Wilmington, MA - Friend   January 28, 2015

Condolences to the entire Monbouquette family from your distant cousins in Nova Scotia. My father, who warn born on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, was a lifelong Red Sox fan and a big fan of Bill's. May he now know peace free from these earthly struggles.

Posted by David Mombourquette - Fredericton, NB, ME - Cousin   January 27, 2015


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In this Jan. 31, 1964 file photo, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette poses for a photo at the annual Boston Baseball Writers of America awards dinner in Boston. The Red Sox announced that Monbouquette died Sunday Jan. 25, 2015 in Boston from complications from leukemia. The 20-game winner, and four-time All-Star who threw a no-hitter and who spent more than 50 years in professional baseball was 78. (AP Photo, File)
Looking happy on the last day of a great home stand are the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, May 27, 1964, Boston, Mass. the team is, from the first row, left to right, Arnold Larly, Frank Malzone, coach Bob Turley, coach Bill Herman, manager Johnny Pesky, coach Harry Malmberg, coach Al Lakeman, Carl Yastrzemski, Lou Clinton and Tom Dowd, traveling secretary. Second: trainer Jack Fadden, Dick Williams, Felix Mantilla, Eddie Bressoud, Ed Connoy, Dave Moorehead, Dalton Jones, Dave Gray, Pete Charton, Bill Monbouquette, asst. trainer Winn Greene and equipment manager Don Fitzpatrick. Third: Tony Conigliaro, Earl Wilson, Chuck Schilling, Russ Nixon. Bill Spanswick, Roman Mejias, Jack Lamabe, Bob Tillman, Bob Heffner, Dick Stuart and Dick Radatz. Bat boys are Jimmy Morrison and Keith Rosenfield. (AP Photo)