Bill Monbouquette

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1959 Topps

A four-time all star, Monbouquette won 114 games in his major league career, pitching primarily for the Boston Red Sox. During a period from 1960-1965, Monbouquette won 10 or more games for the Red Sox, earning all of his All-Star Game trips in the process. His best season came in 1963 when he went 20-10 for the Red Sox with a 3.81 ERA. He won 13 games the next year and 10 in 1965 (while also leading the American League in losses with 18) and was dealt to Detroit after the season. Monbouquette did not win more than seven games during the rest of his career, which lasted another three years and included stops with the Tigers, Yankees and Giants.

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As he notes, Monbouquette no-hit the White Sox in 1962. The Red Sox won the game 1-0 with Monbouquette allowing just one baserunner to Chicago, via base on balls. In 1965, Monbouquette faced 58-year old Satchel Paige, who was starting for the Kansas City A’s. Monbouquette pitched a complete game to defeat the ancient Hall of Famer, but he did strike out against Paige in the third inning. It was the final strikeout of Paige’s MLB career. In 2000 Monbouquette was elected to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. He died January 25, 2015 in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Bill Monbouquette – career stats

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