Bill Monbouquette Red Sox Pitcher, first ‘white man to jump,’ dead at 78

Monbouquette played eight of his 11 major league seasons with the Red Sox, from 1958 to 1965, in a period the Red Sox never finished amongst the third best teams in the American League

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Former Boston Red Sox pitcher, Bill Monbouquette died of Leukemia on Sunday play

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher, Bill Monbouquette died of Leukemia on Sunday

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Bill in his days countered the Blackman’s saying that ‘white men can’t jump’ with an off the plate pitcher.

Born, August 11 1936, he was a stalwart right-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.

He died from complications of Leukemia in his hometown, Boston on Sunday.

Monbouquette played eight of his 11 major league seasons with the Red Sox, from 1958 to 1965, in a period the Red Sox never finished amongst the third best teams in the Major League Baseball, MLB; earning reputation as the best pitcher on a bad team, becoming a known hometown hero.

It was August 1st 1962 that 25 year-old Monbouquette, threw a slider off the plate which the opponent swung and missed to mark the biggest thrill he ever had that white men can jump.

'It was Aug 1, 1962,' Monbouquette told The Boston Globe in 2008.

'I had Aparicio 0 and 2 and threw him a slider off the plate. He tried to hold up, and I thought he went all the way. The umpire, Bill McKinley, called it a ball, and as I was getting the ball back from the catcher, someone shouted from the stands, ‘They shot the wrong McKinley.’ I had to back off the mound because I had a little chuckle to myself.

'The next pitch, I threw him another slider and he swung and missed. They say white men can’t jump, but I did. It’s about the biggest thrill I ever had.'

He is survived by wife, Josephine Monbouquette; three sons, Marc, Michel and Merric, two sisters Danielle Moreno and Cathy Ferguson and three grandchildren.

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