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Mel Clark

Melvin Earl Clark

Position: Rightfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: July 7, 1924 in Letart, WV
High School: Wahama HS (New Haven, WV)
School: Ohio University (Athens, OH)
Signed
by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1947. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 11, 1951 (Age 27.066, 8,425th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1952 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Phillies/Tigers 1951-1957

Final Game: May 1, 1957 (Age 32.298)
Died: May 1, 2014 in West Columbia, WV
Buried: Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Letart, WV
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Standard Fielding

Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1951 PHI NL 26 OF 7 7 6 56.0 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 2.09 1.86 .981 2.43 2.41
1951 PHI NL 26 RF 6 6 5 46.0 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 1.76 1.50 .981 2.03 2.03
1951 PHI NL 26 LF 1 1 1 10.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 3.60 4.00 .978 2.34 2.30
1952 PHI NL 27 OF 38 36 27 316.2 86 81 5 0 1 1.000 2.44 2.26 .981 2.31 2.29
1952 PHI NL 27 RF 27 26 19 229.2 62 58 4 0 0 1.000 2.43 2.30 .980 2.07 2.05
1952 PHI NL 27 LF 12 10 8 87.0 26 25 1 0 1 1.000 2.69 2.17 .979 2.02 2.00
1952 PHI NL 27 3B 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 4.50 1.00 .950 3.15 3.10
1953 PHI NL 28 OF 51 49 42 414.0 107 104 2 1 0 .991 5 14 2.30 2.08 .980 2.37 2.32
1953 PHI NL 28 RF 51 48 42 409.0 105 103 1 1 0 .990 5 15 2.29 2.04 .981 2.00 1.96
1953 PHI NL 28 LF 1 1 0 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -48 0.00 0.00 2.16 2.10
1954 PHI NL 29 OF 63 52 48 488.2 128 114 9 5 2 .961 2 4 2.27 1.95 .975 2.36 2.34
1954 PHI NL 29 RF 42 33 29 304.2 79 73 4 2 1 .975 0 1 2.27 1.83 .970 1.96 1.95
1954 PHI NL 29 LF 20 19 19 184.0 46 39 5 2 1 .957 1 8 2.15 2.20 .971 2.18 2.17
1955 PHI NL 30 OF 8 8 8 71.1 22 19 3 0 1 1.000 3 47 2.78 2.75 .977 2.30 2.28
1955 PHI NL 30 RF 8 8 8 71.1 19 17 2 0 1 1.000 3 47 2.40 2.38 .975 1.98 1.96
1957 DET AL 32 LF 2 1 0 9.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 1 93 4.00 2.00 .980 2.10 2.10
1957 DET AL 32 OF 2 1 0 9.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 1 93 4.00 2.00 .980 2.20 2.25
6 Seasons OF 169 153 131 1355.2 360 335 19 6 4 .983 10 9 2.35 2.09 .978 2.35 2.32
5 Seasons RF 134 121 103 1060.2 274 260 11 3 2 .989 8 9 2.30 2.02 .977 2.00 1.98
5 Seasons LF 36 32 28 295.0 80 72 6 2 2 .975 2 7 2.38 2.17 .974 2.14 2.11
1 Season 3B 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 4.50 1.00 .950 3.15 3.10
6 Seasons TOT 170 153 131 1357.2 361 335 20 6 4 .983 10 9 2.35 2.09 .978 2.35 2.33
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1951 PHI NL 26 RF
1951 PHI NL 26 LF
1952 PHI NL 27 RF
1952 PHI NL 27 LF
1952 PHI NL 27 3B
1953 PHI NL 28 RF 5 15 4 3 1 1
1953 PHI NL 28 LF -0 -48 -0 -0 0 0
1954 PHI NL 29 RF 0 1 0 -1 1 0
1954 PHI NL 29 LF 1 8 -1 -0 -1 2
1955 PHI NL 30 RF 3 47 2 2 0 1
1957 DET AL 32 LF 1 93 -0 -0 0 1
5 Seasons RF 8 9 6 4 3 2
5 Seasons LF 2 7 -1 -1 -0 3
1 Season 3B
6 Seasons TOT 10 9 5 3 2 5

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1951 PHI NL 26 10 7 10 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 7 0 3 0
1952 PHI NL 27 47 36 47 39 0 0 0 0 1 0 12 0 27 38 0 9 1
1953 PHI NL 28 60 49 60 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 51 51 0 10 1
1954 PHI NL 29 82 52 82 62 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 42 62 0 24 1
1955 PHI NL 30 10 8 10 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 8 0 2 0
1957 DET AL 32 5 1 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 3 1
6 Seasons 214 153 214 169 0 0 0 0 1 0 36 0 134 168 0 51 4
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- RF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1951 PHI NL 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 50.0% 1 0 0.0% 0 54 67% 81% 30% 4 50%
1952 PHI NL 27 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 3 1 0 11 5 1 5 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 9 7 0 29 13 44.8% 14 2 6.9% 2 777 54% 85% 34% 80 63%
1953 PHI NL 28 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 12 6 0 8 3 0 5 4 0 6 2 0 11 10 0 42 25 59.5% 17 0 0.0% 1 1577 56% 84% 35% 157 62%
1954 PHI NL 29 2 0 2 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 9 4 0 7 1 1 6 4 0 4 0 1 3 1 0 29 10 34.5% 17 2 6.9% 1 1155 65% 84% 35% 122 55%
1955 PHI NL 30 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 5 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 11 5 45.5% 5 1 9.1% 1 296 64% 80% 30% 34 53%
5 Seasons 3 0 3 0 0 10 0 5 2 1 38 18 1 23 4 2 15 9 1 13 4 1 24 19 0 113 54 47.8% 54 5 4.4% 5 3859 59% 84% 34% 397 59%
MLB Averages 43.5% 3.3% 63% 81% 31% 54%

Advanced Fielding -- LF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1952 PHI NL 27 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 7 6 85.7% 1 0 0.0% 1 300 49% 83% 31% 37 51%
1953 PHI NL 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 90% 76% 33% 2 0%
1954 PHI NL 29 2 0 2 0 1 5 0 3 1 0 5 3 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 5 55.6% 3 1 11.1% 4 668 60% 83% 37% 63 60%
1957 DET AL 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 5 4 80.0% 1 0 0.0% 0 43 42% 88% 28% 11 36%
4 Seasons 2 0 2 0 1 6 0 3 1 0 8 6 1 7 4 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 3 3 0 21 15 71.4% 5 1 4.8% 5 1032 57% 83% 34% 113 54%
MLB Averages 58.1% 2.6% 63% 81% 31% 50%

Advanced Fielding -- 3B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 543 53 GB LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1952 PHI NL 27 12 100% 83% 17% 2 50% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0%
1 Season 12 100% 83% 17% 2 50% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0%
MLB Averages 63% 81% 26% 89% 64%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1952 NL  1 (3rd)
1954 NL  1 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1954 NL  1 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1953 NL  5 (1st)

             

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