The Boston Red Sox’s Mel Parnell no-hit the Chicago White Sox, 61 years ago today.
On Saturday, July 14, 1956, Parnell held the White Sox hitless while walking two and striking out four for a 4-0 win at Fenway Park.
Big accomplishment, right? Well, the 6-foot, 180-pound southpaw from New Orleans told the Boston Globe it didn’t mean a thing.
“I didn’t give a damn about a no-hitter,” Parnell told the Globe. “All I wanted to do was win the game.”
Then owner Tom Yawkey told Parnell the no-no earned him a $500 bonus, and it was more of “a thing.”