Former big league pitcher Bill Monbouquette passed away on Sunday following a lengthy battle with leukemia. He was 78.
Born in Medford, Massachusetts, Monbouquette became a local boy made good when he signed with the Boston Red Sox in 1955.
Nicknamed Monbo, he reached the bigs in 1958 and was the team’s best pitcher during the early 1960’s. Monbouquette was named to three AL All-Star teams. He would throw a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox in 1962 and would have his best season in 1963 when he went 20-10 with a 3.81 ERA.
Unfortunately, Monbouquette would not be with the team during the Impossible Dream season in 1967 having been traded to the Detroit Tigers prior to the 1966 season. Monbo would also pitch with the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants before hanging it up in 1968. Monbo finished his career with a record of 114-112 and a 3.68 ERA. Of Monbouquette’s 114 wins, 96 of them came with the Bosox.
Monbouquette would serve as a scout for the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays and a pitching coach with the New York Mets and Detroit Tigers organization until retiring a deacde ago.