Sam Mele Stats

Sam Mele was born on Saturday, January 21, 1922, in Astoria, New York. Mele was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1947, with the Boston Red Sox. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Sam Mele baseball stats page.

"While in Boston, Sam Mele played under legendary disciplinarian Joe McCarthy, who would not abide alibis or excuses of any kind. One bright, sunny day in 1949, Mele was playing Fenway's right field, an infamous 'sun field,' when a line drive was hit in his direction. The ball took a bad bounce, and Sam ducked as the ball caromed over his head. As he came to the dugout at the end of the inning, Mele made his second and more costly error - this one with McCarthy. 'Oh geez, the ball got lost in the sun, and I didn't have time to pull my sunglasses down,' he whined. 'You know something my boy?' replied Marse Joe. 'They play all night games in Washington.' Mele finished out the year where the sun never shone - with the lowly Senators in the basement of the American League." - Author Bill Nowlin in Amazing Tales from the Boston Red Sox Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Red Sox Stories Ever Told (Sports Publishing, 06/06/2017)
Sam Mele

Sam Mele Autograph on a 1954 Topps Archive Baseball Card (#240)
Sam Mele Autograph on a 1954 Topps Archive Baseball Card (#240)

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Birth Name:
Sabath Anthony Mele
Nickname:
Sam
Born On:
01-21-1922  (Aquarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Astoria, New York
Year of Death Data Died On:
05-01-2017 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Quincy, Massachusetts
Cemetery:
Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy, Massachusetts
High School:
Bryant High School (Long Island City, NY)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
04-15-1947 (Age 25)
Last Game:
09-16-1956
Draft:
Not Applicable / Signing Bonus = $5,000
Sam Mele

Sam Mele Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Sam Mele

Sam Mele Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1947 25 Red Sox 123 453 71 137 14 8 12 0 73 37 1 35 6 - 1 11 .302 .356 .448
1948 26 Red Sox 66 180 25 42 12 1 2 0 25 13 1 21 3 - 2 5 .233 .292 .344
1949 27 Red Sox 18 46 1 9 1 1 0 0 7 7 1 14 2 - 0 3 .196 .302 .261
1949 27 Senators 78 264 21 64 12 2 3 0 25 17 0 34 0 - 0 10 .242 .288 .337
1950 28 Senators 126 435 57 119 21 6 12 0 86 51 6 40 3 - 1 21 .274 .351 .432
1951 29 Senators 143 558 58 153 36 7 5 1 94 32 1 31 3 - 1 22 .274 .315 .391
1952 30 Senators 9 28 2 12 3 0 2 0 10 1 0 2 0 - 0 0 .429 .448 .750
1952 30 White Sox 123 423 46 105 18 2 14 0 59 48 11 40 1 - 2 18 .248 .328 .400
1953 31 White Sox 140 481 64 132 26 8 12 1 82 58 8 47 5 - 0 14 .274 .353 .437
1954 32 Orioles 72 230 17 55 9 4 5 0 32 18 3 26 4 4 0 12 .239 .290 .378
1954 32 Red Sox 42 132 22 42 6 0 7 0 23 12 1 12 2 2 2 4 .318 .378 .523
1955 33 Red Sox 14 31 1 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 0 1 0 1 .129 .125 .194
1955 33 Redlegs 35 62 4 13 1 0 2 0 7 5 0 13 0 0 1 5 .210 .279 .323
1956 34 Indians 57 114 17 29 7 0 4 0 20 12 0 20 0 2 0 4 .254 .320 .421
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
10 Years 1,046 3,437 406 916 168 39 80 2 544 311 33 342 29 9 10 130 .267 .328 .408
Sam Mele

Sam Mele Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1947 Red Sox 1B 1 0 12 5 5.0 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 11.25
1947 Red Sox CF 24 21 564 64 2.7 63 63 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .984 3.02
1947 Red Sox LF 3 1 30 3 1.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.70
1947 Red Sox RF 92 90 2,301 181 2.0 180 170 10 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .994 2.11
1948 Red Sox LF 3 0 15 1 0.3 0 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1948 Red Sox RF 52 45 1,206 103 2.0 101 99 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.26
1949 Red Sox RF 11 11 297 21 1.9 20 19 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .952 1.82
1949 Senators 1B 11 8 213 87 7.9 86 79 7 1 9 n/a n/a n/a .989 10.90
1949 Senators CF 24 21 483 54 2.3 52 50 2 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.91
1949 Senators RF 45 32 882 64 1.4 62 59 3 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .969 1.90
1950 Senators 1B 16 14 384 169 10.6 167 149 18 2 13 n/a n/a n/a .988 11.74
1950 Senators CF 26 26 654 69 2.7 67 65 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .971 2.77
1950 Senators LF 6 5 96 7 1.2 7 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.97
1950 Senators RF 73 63 1,722 126 1.7 126 120 6 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.98
1951 Senators 1B 15 15 390 129 8.6 129 122 7 0 11 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.93
1951 Senators CF 19 19 504 46 2.4 46 46 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.46
1951 Senators LF 2 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1951 Senators RF 105 99 2,664 227 2.2 225 215 10 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .991 2.28
1952 Senators CF 1 1 27 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.00
1952 Senators RF 6 5 132 10 1.7 9 9 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .900 1.84
1952 White Sox 1B 3 0 33 10 3.3 10 10 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.18
1952 White Sox RF 112 107 2,844 159 1.4 159 153 6 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.51
1953 White Sox 1B 2 0 6 4 2.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 18.00
1953 White Sox CF 4 3 57 7 1.8 7 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.32
1953 White Sox RF 138 117 3,351 219 1.6 218 204 14 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .995 1.76
1954 Orioles LF 40 35 969 66 1.7 63 60 3 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .955 1.76
1954 Red Sox LF 3 0 27 3 1.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1954 Orioles RF 24 23 576 40 1.7 39 38 1 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .975 1.83
1954 Red Sox RF 13 11 303 20 1.5 19 18 1 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .950 1.69
1954 Red Sox 1B 22 21 477 177 8.0 176 168 8 1 17 n/a n/a n/a .994 9.96
1955 Redlegs LF 12 11 255 23 1.9 22 22 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .957 2.33
1955 Red Sox LF 6 5 138 16 2.7 16 14 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.13
1955 Red Sox RF 1 1 24 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1955 Redlegs RF 1 0 18 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
1955 Redlegs 1B 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1956 Indians 1B 8 6 168 64 8.0 64 59 5 0 5 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.29
1956 Indians LF 14 10 264 22 1.6 21 19 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .955 2.15
1956 Indians RF 6 5 126 11 1.8 11 11 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.36
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
RF Totals 679 609 16,446 1,182 1.7 1,170 1,116 54 12 7 n/a n/a n/a .990 1.92
CF Totals 98 91 2,289 242 2.5 237 233 4 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.80
LF Totals 89 67 1,800 141 1.6 135 128 7 6 0 n/a n/a n/a .957 2.03
1B Totals 79 64 1,686 645 8.2 641 596 45 4 55 n/a n/a n/a .994 10.27
10 Years 945 831 22,221 2,210 2.3 2,183 2,073 110 27 64 n/a n/a n/a .988 2.65
Sam Mele

Sam Mele Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1947 Red Sox 0 3 .000 7 1 n/a 37.8 12.9 6.2 - - -
1948 Red Sox 1 1 .500 9 5 n/a 90.0 8.6 7.2 - - -
1949 Red Sox 2 0 1.000 7 0 n/a 0.0 3.3 6.6 - - -
1949 Senators 2 1 .667 10 1 n/a 88.0 7.8 10.6 - - -
1950 Senators 2 0 1.000 16 0 n/a 36.3 10.9 5.1 - - -
1951 Senators 2 3 .400 7 0 n/a 111.6 18.0 5.9 - - -
1952 Senators 0 0 .000 3 0 n/a 14.0 14.0 2.8 - - -
1952 White Sox 1 2 .333 11 0 n/a 30.2 10.6 7.2 - - -
1953 White Sox 3 1 .750 9 0 n/a 40.1 10.2 5.9 - - -
1954 Orioles 1 0 1.000 13 0 n/a 46.0 8.8 7.2 - - -
1954 Red Sox 0 1 .000 10 0 n/a 18.9 11.0 5.7 - - -
1955 Red Sox 1 0 1.000 7 0 n/a 0.0 4.4 31.0 - - -
1955 Redlegs 0 1 .000 22 0 n/a 31.0 4.8 8.9 - - -
1956 Indians 0 1 .000 33 0 n/a 28.5 5.7 5.7 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
10 Years 15 14 .517 164 7 n/a 43.0 10.0 6.3 - - -
Sam Mele

Sam Mele Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1947 Boston Red Sox 14 Undetermined - -
1948 Boston Red Sox 4 Undetermined - -
1949 Boston Red Sox 4 Undetermined - -
1949 Washington Senators 27 Undetermined - -
1950 Washington Senators 31 Undetermined - -
1951 Washington Senators 14 Undetermined - -
1952 Washington Senators 14 Undetermined - -
1952 Chicago White Sox 14 Undetermined - -
1953 Chicago White Sox 5 Undetermined - -
1954 Baltimore Orioles 15 Undetermined - -
1954 Boston Red Sox 31 Undetermined - -
1955 Boston Red Sox 7 Undetermined - -
1955 Cincinnati Redlegs 24 Undetermined - -
1956 Cleveland Indians 36 Undetermined - -


Sabath Anthony Mele was a Major League Baseball player for the Boston Red Sox (1947-1949 & 1954-1955), Washington Senators (1949-1952), Chicago White Sox (1952-1953), Baltimore Orioles (1954), Cincinnati Redlegs (1955), and Cleveland Indians (1956).

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Sam Mele | 1949 Bowman Baseball Card (#118 | Checklist ) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Did you know that Sam Mele, on June 10, 1952 , had a record-tying six RBIs in an inning ? Sam hit a three run homer and a bases loaded triple in the fourth frame, tying the since broken American League record for RBIs in an inning , but through today, he remains the only Chicago White Sox player with six or more RBIs in an inning .

Did you know that Sam Mele was the Washington Senators (1901-1960) last right-handed hitter to lead the American League in doubles (36 doubles in 1951)? Do you know who their last lefty was, before the franchise shifted to Minnesota Twins in 1961? [ Answer ]

The Minnesota Twins won 102 games in 1965, a franchise record, and Sam Mele was their managers that historic season. The pennant winning 1965 Minnesota Twins included the American League's Most Valuable Player , Zoilo Versalles , batting title (.321) Tony Oliva , and ace-pitcher Mudcat Grant , who won 21 games. Minnesota won the first two games in the 1965 World Series , but the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching aces; Sandy Koufax , Don Drysdale and Claude Osteen , took home the title after a hard-fought seven game Fall Classic .

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