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Sam Mele    \MEE-lee\

Sabath Anthony Mele

Positions: Rightfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 183 lb.

Born: January 21, 1922 in Astoria, NY
High School: Bryant HS (Astoria, NY)
Schools: Yale University (New Haven, CT), New York University (New York, NY)
Signed
by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1946. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 15, 1947 (Age 25.084)   vs. WSH 2 AB, 2 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1947 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Senators/WhiteSox/RedSox/Orioles/Indians/... 1947-1956

Final Game: September 16, 1956 (Age 34.239)   vs. NYY 4 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Relatives: Nephew of Tony Cuccinello
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Career Home Runs

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

Sam Mele: 80 Career Home Runs

2 leading off, 2 walk-off, 10 tying, 26 go ahead, 4 lacking some details
6 Tms
CHW26
WSH22
BOS21
BAL5
CLE4
CIN2
 
vs RHP47
vs LHP33
 
Away45
Home35
 
Leverage
High Lev18
Medium Lev38
Low Lev20
10 Opps
DET13
BOS10
NYY10
BAL/SLB10
PHA9
CLE9
CHW9
WSH8
PHI1
STL1
64 Pitchers
Ray Scarborough4
Ted Gray3
Bob Feller3
Hal Newhouser3
Billy Hoeft2
Bill Henry2
Billy Pierce2
Joe Ostrowski2
Bill Wight2
Mike Garcia2
Bob Cain2
Mel Parnell1
Stubby Overmire1
Dick Fowler1
Vic Raschi1
Allie Reynolds1
Don Larsen1
Bob Mahoney1
Bunky Stewart1
Johnny Schmitz1
10 Parks
Fenway Pk23
Comiskey Pk18
Shibe Pk9
Tiger Stad7
GriffithStad7
ClevelandStd6
Sprtsmn3/Busch5
Yankee Stad3
Crosley Fld1
Memor. Stad1
Where Hit
761
Unk9
786
93
81
General field locations
when available.
 
 
Game Totals
1·HR gms78
2·HR gms1
Gms w/ this # = 0
are not shown.
 
OrderPos
5th38
4th14
6th12
3rd5
1st4
9th3
7th2
Unk1
2nd1
Outs
032
123
221
Unk4
 
DefPos
RF49
CF12
LF8
PH6
1B5
Bases
---37
1--18
12-8
-2-5
Unk4
1232
--32
-232
1-32
 
137 RBI
RISP21
0 on39
1 on27
2 on12
3 on2
Any on41
Inning
17
210
310
416
54
69
77
810
95
Extra2
 
1-327
4-629
7-end24
RelScore
+4..5
+35
+25
+18
Tied21
-112
-25
-35
-4..10
Unk4
 
Ahead23
Tied21
Behind32
Unk4
Before event,
for batter

Play By Play

View Pitches · WE and WPA Explanation
1947 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1947-04-22 BOS @ NYY Bill Bevens behind 1-3 t 4 0 --- 1 6 9 0.111 37% Home Run
2 2 2 1 1947-05-03 BOS @ CLE Red Embree behind 2-9 t 9 0 --- 1 6 8 0.001 0% Home Run
3 3 3 1 1947-06-04 BOS @ SLB Bob Muncrief t 8 2 8
4 4 4 1 1947-06-09 BOS @ CLE Bryan Stephens tied 5-5 t 8 0 1-- 2 5 8 0.309 88% Home Run; Williams Scores
5 5 5 1 1947-06-17 BOS SLB Denny Galehouse tied 3-3 b 3 0 -23 3 5 8 0.135 84% Home Run; Moses Scores; Williams Scores
6 6 6 1 1947-06-21 BOS CLE Bob Feller ahead 5-0 b 4 2 1-3 3 5 8 0.040 99% Home Run; Pesky Scores; Williams Scores
7 7 7 1 1947-08-08 BOS NYY Joe Page ahead 7-6 b 8 1 1-- 2 1 9 0.101 97% Home Run; Harris Scores
8 8 8 1 1947-08-11 BOS WSH Mickey Haefner tied 0-0 b 3 1 --- 1 1 9 0.121 65% Home Run
9 9 9 1 1947-08-13 BOS WSH Milo Candini tied 0-0 b 1 0 --- 1 1 9 0.100 65% Lead-Off Home Run
10 10 10 1 1947-09-03 (1) BOS NYY Bobo Newsom behind 1-9 b 8 0 --- 1 9 PH 0.002 0% Home Run
11 11 11 1 1947-09-15 (2) BOS CHW Red Ruffing b 2 1 6 9
12 12 12 1 1947-09-17 (2) BOS SLB Jack Kramer ahead 3-0 b 4 0 --- 1 6 9 0.051 92% Home Run
1948 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
13 13 1 1 1948-04-29 BOS @ PHA Bill McCahan ahead 2-0 t 2 0 1-- 2 7 9 0.116 84% Home Run; Doerr Scores
14 14 2 1 1948-07-21 (2) BOS CHW Glen Moulder behind 3-6 b 3 2 -2- 2 6 9 0.168 40% Home Run; Doerr Scores
1949 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
15 15 1 1 1949-06-22 WSH CHW Bill Wight behind 0-3 b 6 1 --- 1 3 9 0.089 22% Home Run (LF-CF)
16 16 2 1 1949-09-18 (1) WSH DET Hal Newhouser behind 1-2 b 5 2 --- 1 3 9 0.159 52% Home Run (LF-CF)
17 17 3 1 1949-09-20 WSH SLB Joe Ostrowski behind 2-5 b 2 2 1-- 2 2 8 0.173 40% Home Run (LF-CF); Yost Scores
1950 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
18 18 1 1 1950-05-16 WSH @ CHW Bill Wight behind 2-3 t 5 0 12- 3 5 8 0.246 74% Home Run; Stewart Scores; Robinson Scores
19 19 2 1 1950-05-21 WSH @ DET Ted Gray ahead 3-0 t 5 0 1-3 3 5 8 0.065 95% Home Run; Stewart Scores/unER; Robinson Scores
20 20 3 1 1950-05-30 (1) WSH @ PHA Hank Wyse behind 1-2 t 6 0 12- 3 5 8 0.275 77% Home Run; Stewart Scores/unER; Robinson Scores
21 21 4 1 1950-06-19 WSH @ CHW Bob Cain behind 0-1 t 4 1 --- 1 5 9 0.119 47% Home Run
22 22 5 1 1950-06-21 WSH @ DET Hal Newhouser t 1 2 5 9
23 23 6 1 1950-06-25 (1) WSH @ CLE Early Wynn ahead 3-1 t 3 1 --- 1 5 9 0.086 77% Home Run
24 24 7 1 1950-07-09 (1) WSH @ PHA Dick Fowler behind 2-3 t 3 1 1-- 2 5 9 0.187 58% Home Run; Vernon Scores
25 25 8 1 1950-07-30 (1) WSH @ SLB Stubby Overmire ahead 2-1 t 3 1 12- 3 5 7 0.191 83% Home Run; Noren Scores; Vernon Scores
26 26 9 1 1950-07-30 (2) WSH @ SLB Ned Garver behind 0-2 t 2 0 1-- 2 5 9 0.146 50% Home Run; Vernon Scores
27 27 10 1 1950-08-04 WSH @ DET Ted Gray behind 0-1 t 3 2 12- 3 5 7 0.276 66% Home Run; Yost Scores; Vernon Scores
28 28 11 1 1950-09-29 WSH @ BOS Walt Masterson ahead 1-0 t 2 0 --- 1 5 9 0.086 68% Home Run (Deep LF)
29 29 12 1 1950-10-01 WSH @ PHA Johnny Kucab t 8 1 5 9
1951 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
30 30 1 1 1951-05-15 WSH DET Hal Newhouser tied 0-0 b 1 2 -2- 2 4 3 0.175 71% Home Run (LF-CF); Yost Scores
31 31 2 1 1951-06-09 WSH @ SLB Bob Mahoney tied 0-0 t 1 1 123 4 5 9 0.218 81% Home Run; Michaels Scores; Noren Scores; Vernon Scores
32 32 3 1 1951-07-15 (1) WSH @ CLE Bob Chakales ahead 1-0 t 1 2 1-- 2 5 9 0.172 75% Home Run; Noren Scores
33 33 4 1 1951-08-12 (1) WSH @ BOS Ray Scarborough tied 1-1 t 6 1 --- 1 5 8 0.157 62% Home Run
34 34 5 1 1951-08-24 WSH @ DET Bob Cain ahead 5-3 t 5 0 --- 1 4 8 0.085 84% Home Run
1952 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
35 35 1 1 1952-04-22 WSH @ BOS Bill Henry behind 0-3 t 4 0 --3 2 4 9 0.112 37% Home Run (Deep LF); Noren Scores
36 36 2 1 1952-05-03 WSH CLE Bob Feller tied 0-0 b 2 0 --- 1 5 8 0.114 66% Home Run (LF-CF)
37 37 3 1 1952-05-06 CHW @ BOS Willard Nixon behind 0-7 t 7 1 --- 1 5 9 0.005 1% Home Run (Deep RF)
38 38 4 1 1952-05-21 CHW NYY Allie Reynolds tied 0-0 b 4 1 --- 1 5 9 0.140 67% Home Run (Deep LF)
39 39 5 1 1952-05-31 CHW @ BOS Ray Scarborough tied 0-0 t 4 0 --- 1 5 9 0.126 63% Home Run (Deep LF)
40 40 6 2 1952-05-31 CHW @ BOS Ray Scarborough behind 1-2 t 6 0 --- 1 5 9 0.163 50% Home Run (Deep LF)
41 41 7 1 1952-06-01 CHW @ BOS Bill Henry tied 0-0 t 2 0 1-- 2 5 9 0.164 70% Home Run (Deep LF); Robinson Scores
42 42 8 1 1952-06-10 CHW @ PHA Harry Byrd ahead 3-0 t 4 1 12- 3 3 9 0.110 95% Home Run; Fox Scores; Minoso Scores
43 43 9 1 1952-06-20 CHW NYY Bobby Hogue tied 5-5 b 11 0 12- 3 3 9 0.190 100% Walk-Off Home Run; Fox Scores; Minoso Scores
44 44 10 1 1952-08-05 (2) CHW CLE Mike Garcia ahead 3-0 b 2 2 12- 3 5 9 0.120 95% Home Run; Minoso Scores; Robinson Scores
45 45 11 1 1952-08-10 (1) CHW DET Ted Gray tied 0-0 b 2 0 --- 1 5 9 0.111 66% Home Run
46 46 12 1 1952-08-20 CHW @ NYY Joe Ostrowski ahead 10-2 t 8 1 1-- 2 5 9 0.001 100% Home Run; Robinson Scores
47 47 13 1 1952-09-03 CHW SLB Dick Littlefield tied 0-0 b 7 2 --- 1 5 9 0.246 77% Home Run
48 48 14 1 1952-09-09 (2) CHW WSH Mike Fornieles tied 2-2 b 9 1 --- 1 7 PH 0.424 100% Walk-Off Home Run
49 49 15 1 1952-09-12 CHW NYY Ray Scarborough behind 2-3 b 3 2 --- 1 5 9 0.131 51% Home Run
50 50 16 1 1952-09-13 CHW NYY Vic Raschi behind 1-3 b 4 0 1-- 2 5 9 0.215 56% Home Run; Robinson Scores/unER
1953 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
51 51 1 1 1953-04-22 CHW @ DET Milt Jordan tied 0-0 t 2 2 --- 1 6 9 0.112 57% Home Run
52 52 2 1 1953-05-17 CHW @ WSH Chuck Stobbs ahead 3-1 t 3 1 1-- 2 4 9 0.137 86% Home Run (Deep LF); Fain Scores
53 53 3 1 1953-06-05 CHW WSH Connie Marrero behind 1-7 b 7 0 --- 1 4 9 0.018 4% Home Run
54 54 4 1 1953-07-04 (1) CHW @ SLB Max Lanier ahead 6-0 t 4 2 1-- 2 4 PH 0.033 98% Home Run; Fain Scores
55 55 5 1 1953-07-07 CHW DET Billy Hoeft ahead 1-0 b 4 0 --- 1 6 9 0.101 79% Home Run
56 56 6 1 1953-07-08 CHW DET Dick Weik tied 2-2 b 3 1 123 4 6 9 0.226 89% Home Run; Fain Scores; Minoso Scores; Elliott Scores
57 57 7 1 1953-07-09 CHW DET Dick Marlowe behind 1-2 b 4 2 1-- 2 6 9 0.257 65% Home Run; Elliott Scores
58 58 8 1 1953-07-19 (1) CHW NYY Eddie Lopat behind 1-2 b 6 1 --- 1 4 9 0.186 54% Home Run
59 59 9 1 1953-07-26 (1) CHW PHA Bobby Shantz behind 2-4 b 9 0 --- 1 5 9 0.111 20% Home Run
60 60 10 1 1953-07-28 CHW @ BOS Hal Brown tied 0-0 t 4 1 1-- 2 5 9 0.208 71% Home Run; Elliott Scores
61 61 11 1 1953-08-05 CHW @ PHA Morrie Martin tied 7-7 t 14 2 1-- 2 5 9 0.484 91% Home Run; Marsh Scores
62 62 12 1 1953-09-12 CHW @ PHA Joe Coleman ahead 3-0 t 4 0 --- 1 6 9 0.063 88% Home Run (Deep LF)
1954 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
63 63 1 1 1954-05-08 BAL CLE Mike Garcia behind 1-5 b 6 1 -2- 2 5 7 0.107 20% Home Run; Kryhoski Scores
64 64 2 1 1954-05-23 (1) BAL @ CLE Bob Feller behind 1-7 t 6 2 -2- 2 4 7 0.032 5% Home Run; Kryhoski Scores
65 65 3 1 1954-05-26 BAL @ DET George Zuverink behind 1-5 t 8 2 1-- 2 4 7 0.050 7% Home Run; Kryhoski Scores
66 66 4 1 1954-06-10 (1) BAL @ BOS Leo Kiely ahead 1-0 t 7 2 --3 2 4 9 0.197 88% Home Run; Young Scores
67 67 5 1 1954-07-19 (1) BAL @ BOS Mel Parnell ahead 5-3 t 7 1 --- 1 5 7 0.085 88% Home Run
68 68 6 1 1954-08-28 BOS BAL Don Larsen tied 0-0 b 1 0 --- 1 1 9 0.097 65% Lead-Off Home Run
69 69 7 1 1954-09-01 (2) BOS CHW Fritz Dorish behind 1-6 b 7 0 1-- 2 5 9 0.070 13% Home Run; Agganis Scores
70 70 8 1 1954-09-05 (1) BOS @ PHA Charlie Bishop tied 0-0 t 1 1 12- 3 4 9 0.224 76% Home Run; Williams Scores; Jensen Scores
71 71 9 1 1954-09-08 BOS @ DET Billy Hoeft ahead 3-2 t 8 2 --- 1 6 9 0.134 86% Home Run
72 72 10 1 1954-09-12 (2) BOS @ CHW Don Johnson behind 4-5 t 8 2 --- 1 4 PH 0.264 42% Home Run
73 73 11 1 1954-09-25 BOS WSH Johnny Schmitz behind 0-3 b 4 0 -23 3 4 3 0.184 56% Home Run; Williams Scores; Jensen Scores
74 74 12 1 1954-09-26 BOS WSH Bunky Stewart ahead 9-2 b 8 2 1-- 2 4 3 0.001 100% Home Run; Jensen Scores
1955 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
75 75 1 1 1955-07-07 CIN STL Harvey Haddix behind 3-8 b 6 1 -2- 2 9 PH 0.073 14% Home Run; Adams Scores
76 76 2 1 1955-08-28 (2) CIN @ PHI Ron Negray behind 2-4 t 6 0 --- 1 6 7 0.121 34% Home Run (LF-CF)
1956 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
77 77 1 1 1956-06-02 CLE @ WSH Connie Grob ahead 14-0 t 9 2 --- 1 3 7 0.000 100% Home Run
78 78 2 1 1956-07-14 CLE @ NYY Tommy Byrne behind 3-4 t 9 1 --- 1 9 PH 0.351 44% Home Run
79 79 3 1 1956-08-31 (1) CLE @ CHW Billy Pierce ahead 2-1 t 4 0 --- 1 5 3 0.105 73% Home Run
80 80 4 1 1956-09-08 CLE CHW Billy Pierce behind 0-4 b 7 0 --- 1 5 3 0.058 13% Home Run

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

Much of the data on Baseball-Reference.com's Home Run Logs comes from the Tattersall/McConnell Home Run Log, a database of all homers hit in the major leagues since 1876. This project was begun in the 1940's by John C. Tattersall and was continued after Tattersall's death in 1981 by Bob McConnell, one of SABR's original 16 members. David Vincent, another SABR member, has since assumed the leadership of the project. Baseball-Reference.com has licensed this remarkable database from the Society for American Baseball Research. All credit for the data therein goes to the intrepid researchers who digitized this data from archival sources.

For years from 1914 to 2014, RetroSheet play-by-play data has been used whenever the home run occurred in a game for which we have complete play-by-play data.

There are a handful of cases where the home run logs totals do not agree with the totals on our player pages. We are working to reconcile all of those differences, but believe that in all cases the Home Run Encyclopedia is correct.