Shortly following the passing of former Cubs great Ernie Banks, the Red Sox family lost one of their own as Bill Monbouquette passed away from leukemia.

A Medford, Massacheusetts native, Monbouquette played for 11 seasons with his hometown Red Sox, and amassed a close to 100 wins in a Boston uniform. A right-handed thrower, Monbouquette represented the Red Sox in four All-Star games, and collected the 13th no-hitter in team history. Following his days on the diamond, Monbouquette served as a pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers single-A affiliate, and was enshrined into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2000. Monbouquette’s battle with leukemia lasted approximately 7 years, until complications from the disease took his life on Sunday at the age of 78.

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