Mel Parnell (born June 13, 1922 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher.
Parnell spent his entire 10-year career with the Boston Red Sox (1947-1956) and compiled a 123-75 record with 732 strikeouts, a 3.50 earned run average, 113 complete games, 20 shutouts, and 1752.2 innings pitched in 289 games (232 as a starter). He is the third best ever lefty pitcher in Fenway Park with more than 25 decisions at 71-30 .703.
Parnell enjoyed his best season in 1949 when he went 25-7 leading the league in wins, ERA (2.77), complete games (27) and innings (295.1). He was the starting pitcher for the American League in that's year All-Star Game and was selected again in 1951.
After two 18-win seasons in 1950 and 1951, and a 12-12 record in 1952, Parnell went 21-8 in 1953 with a 3.06 ERA and a career-high 136 strikeouts. He pitched a no-hitter on July 14, 1956 against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway winning 4-0. The no-hitter was the first for a Red Sox pitcher since Howard Ehmke in 1923. After this Parnell went only 4-4 before a torn muscle in his pitching arm forced him to end his career early. In the 1960s, Parnell worked as a broadcaster for the Red Sox.
Parnell still holds the club career mark for left-handed pitchers in games started, innings and victories. Overall, Boston's other 100-plus winners include Roger Clemens (192), Cy Young (192), Tim Wakefield (130), Luis Tiant (122), Pedro Martinez (117), Smokey Joe Wood (116), Bob Stanley (115), Joe Dobson (106) and Lefty Grove (105).
Mel Parnell was selected to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997.