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Former Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette dies at 78

Bill Monbouquette in 1965.File/The Boston Globe

Bill Monbouquette, a Medford native who pitched eight seasons for the Red Sox and threw a no-hitter in 1962, died on Sunday. He was 78.

Monbouquette was 114-112 with a 3.68 earned run average over 11 major-league seasons from 1958-68. He broke in with the Red Sox as a 21-year-old and was with the team until 1965 when he was traded to the Detroit Tigers.

Monbouquette was 96-91 with the Sox and in 2000 was elected to the team’s Hall of Fame. He is seventh in team history in innings pitched with 1,622 and 10th in strikeouts with 969.

A three-time All-Star, Monbouquette won 20 games in 1963. On Aug. 1, 1962, Monbouquette threw a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. In a 1-0 victory against Early Wynn, he walked one and struck out seven.


“Monbo” set what was then a club record in 1961 when he struck out 17 Washington Senators.

Monbouquette finished his career with the Tigers, Yankees, and Giants. But he treasured his association with the Red Sox and in 2006 coached with the Single A Lowell Spinners for a day so he could officially retire as a member of the organization.

Monbouquette, who lived in Gloucester, was a frequent visitor to Fenway Park after his career. In 2008, a Globe story detailed his battle with acute myelogenous leukemia.

Former Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette greets a visitor to his Medford home in 2008.Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.