Story Updated 4:24PM Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Local baseball legend Bill Monbouquette has passed away at the age of 78. Below are some photos of Monbouquette, a former Mustang who continued to be actively involved with Mustang sports and was often seen at baseball games and other events.
The Red Sox posted a video tribute to Monbo on their website.
The Boston Herald has an informative feature about Monbo and his career.
Monbouquette with fellow Mustang Hall of Famer Reggie Graham at a banquet in April 2014.
Monbouquette and his wife, Josephine, with his award in front of the Hall of Fame exhibit area outside of Medford High School’s gym in December of 2012; he had been recognized for the 50th anniversary of his no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox.
“Monbo” was often seen taking in a Mustang baseball game at Playstead Park at the field that bears his name. He is pictured above in 2010 with Mustang baseball coach Mike Nestor’s sons Shawn and Mikey (right), whom he had nicknamed “Lefty.” Courtesy photo.
In 2009 Monbouquette was one of the expert instructors at the Mustang summer baseball camp.
In 2008 Monbouquette attended a banquet to kick off the baseball season. He is pictured with Medford High School Head Baseball Coach Nick Tucci, Assistant Baseball Coach Mike Nestor, and captain Ben Waldrip. Photo courtesy Ann Marie Cugno.
Monbouquette was honored with a special citation from the Massachusetts State Legislature in August 2008 for his work in raising awareness for bone marrow donations. Monbouquette is pictured above with his wife and from left to right, House Speaker Sal DiMasi (D-Boston), Rep. Paul Kujawski (D-Webster), and Rep. Paul Donato (D-Medford) in the House Chamber. Courtesy photo.
In December 2008 the boys hockey team dedicated the season to Monbouquette; he is pictured his wife and MHS Hockey captains Brett Cavallaro, Steve Servideo, Josef Danilchuk, and Steve Mearn.
In August 1962 Monbouquette was greeted at Logan Airport by several excited local fans following his no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox. Mayor John McGlynn and his son, nine-year-old future mayor Michael McGlynn, and former State Representatives George “Chick” McDermott and George L. Sacco, Jr., pictured above with Monbo, were among the greeters. Courtesy photo.
The 1955 Medford High School baseball team, pictured above in a yearbook photo. Above, front, from left to right: R. Calaveso, R. Asaro, S. Bernardo, Monbouquette, Angie Marotta, Leo Mericantante, Charlie Pagliarulo. Back, from left to right: G. Hennessy, Richard DiGiacomo, J. DeMasi, R. Lamb, J. Pinto, T. Cangiano, F. Lynch, Coach Arthur Terrill. Ernie Ardolino not pictured. Monbouquette played for the Mustangs from 1951-55; the field at Playstead Park was named after him in 1997.