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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)
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)
Relatives: Nephew of Tony Cuccinello
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 24, 2014 5:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1722. Pop Snyder… #1723. Bill Knickerbocker… #1724. Hick Carpenter… #1725. SAM MELE… #1726. Cliff Carroll… #1727. Casey McGehee… #1728. Jarrod Saltalamacchia… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1947 25 BOS AL 123 498 453 71 137 14 8 12 73 0 3 37 35 .302 .356 .448 .805 116 203 11 1 6 *O98/73
1948 26 BOS AL 66 198 180 25 42 12 1 2 25 1 1 13 21 .233 .292 .344 .637 65 62 5 2 3 O9/7
1949 27 TOT AL 96 336 310 22 73 13 3 3 32 4 1 24 48 .235 .290 .326 .616 64 101 13 0 2 983
1949 27 BOS AL 18 55 46 1 9 1 1 0 7 2 0 7 14 .196 .302 .261 .563 45 12 3 0 2 O9
1949 27 WSH AL 78 281 264 21 64 12 2 3 25 2 1 17 34 .242 .288 .337 .625 67 89 10 0 0 O983
1950 28 WSH AL 126 490 435 57 119 21 6 12 86 2 0 51 40 .274 .351 .432 .783 104 188 21 1 3 O983/7
1951 29 WSH AL 143 594 558 58 153 36 7 5 94 2 3 32 31 .274 .315 .391 .705 91 218 22 1 3 *O983/7
1952 30 TOT AL 132 503 451 48 117 21 2 16 69 1 2 49 42 .259 .335 .421 .756 109 190 18 2 1 *9/38
1952 30 WSH AL 9 29 28 2 12 3 0 2 10 0 0 1 2 .429 .448 .750 1.198 234 21 0 0 0 /O98
1952 30 CHW AL 123 474 423 46 105 18 2 14 59 1 2 48 40 .248 .328 .400 .727 101 169 18 2 1 *O9/3
1953 31 CHW AL 140 544 481 64 132 26 8 12 82 3 1 58 47 .274 .353 .437 .789 109 210 14 0 5 *O9/83
1954 32 TOT AL 114 406 362 39 97 15 4 12 55 1 1 30 38 .268 .323 .431 .753 107 156 16 2 6 6 793
1954 32 BAL AL 72 256 230 17 55 9 4 5 32 1 0 18 26 .239 .290 .378 .668 89 87 12 0 4 4 79
1954 32 BOS AL 42 150 132 22 42 6 0 7 23 0 1 12 12 .318 .378 .523 .901 135 69 4 2 2 2 39/7
1955 33 TOT MLB 49 101 93 5 17 3 0 2 8 1 1 5 20 .183 .230 .280 .510 32 26 6 1 0 1 0 7/93
1955 33 BOS AL 14 33 31 1 4 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 7 .129 .125 .194 .319 -18 6 1 0 0 1 0 /79
1955 33 CIN NL 35 68 62 4 13 1 0 2 7 0 1 5 13 .210 .279 .323 .602 56 20 5 1 0 0 0 7/39
1956 34 CLE AL 57 128 114 17 29 7 0 4 20 0 1 12 20 .254 .320 .421 .741 93 48 4 0 0 2 0 7/39
10 Yrs 1046 3798 3437 406 916 168 39 80 544 15 14 311 342 .267 .328 .408 .736 97 1402 130 10 29 9 0
162 Game Avg. 162 588 532 63 142 26 6 12 84 2 2 48 53 .267 .328 .408 .736 97 217 20 2 4
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
BOS (5 yrs) 263 934 842 120 234 35 10 21 129 4 5 69 89 .278 .335 .418 .753 99 352 24 5 13 3 0
WSH (4 yrs) 356 1394 1285 138 348 72 15 22 215 6 4 101 107 .271 .325 .402 .726 94 516 53 2 6
CHW (2 yrs) 263 1018 904 110 237 44 10 26 141 4 3 106 87 .262 .341 .419 .760 105 379 32 2 6
CLE (1 yr) 57 128 114 17 29 7 0 4 20 0 1 12 20 .254 .320 .421 .741 93 48 4 0 0 2 0
CIN (1 yr) 35 68 62 4 13 1 0 2 7 0 1 5 13 .210 .279 .323 .602 56 20 5 1 0 0 0
BAL (1 yr) 72 256 230 17 55 9 4 5 32 1 0 18 26 .239 .290 .378 .668 89 87 12 0 4 4
AL (10 yrs) 1011 3730 3375 402 903 167 39 78 537 15 13 306 329 .268 .329 .409 .739 98 1382 125 9 29 9 0
NL (1 yr) 35 68 62 4 13 1 0 2 7 0 1 5 13 .210 .279 .323 .602 56 20 5 1 0 0 0

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1947 25 BOS AL 123 498 9 -1 0 -3 -5 1 0.0 14 15 1.5 .501 .501 1.9 -0.9 18 *O98/73
1948 26 BOS AL 66 198 -10 1 -1 -2 -2 -14 -1.4 6 -8 -0.9 .478 .491 -0.7 -0.4 -6 O9/7
1949 27 BOS AL 18 55 -4 0 -1 0 -0 -5 -0.5 2 -3 -0.3 .472 .497 -0.3 -0.1 -3 O9
1949 27 WSH AL 78 281 -13 1 -2 -4 -3 -20 -2.1 8 -12 -1.3 .474 .487 -0.9 -0.7 -8 O983
1950 28 WSH AL 126 490 2 1 -2 -3 -5 -7 -0.6 15 8 0.8 .495 .496 1.0 -0.7 11 O983/7
1951 29 WSH AL 143 594 -7 -1 -3 0 -6 -16 -1.7 18 2 0.1 .488 .490 -0.0 -0.6 2 *O983/7
1952 30 WSH AL 9 29 4 0 0 -1 -0 4 0.4 1 4 0.5 .541 .502 0.6 -0.1 5 /O98
1952 30 CHW AL 123 474 1 -1 -1 -3 -5 -10 -1.2 15 4 0.3 .491 .493 0.6 -0.9 7 *O9/3
1953 31 CHW AL 140 544 7 2 -1 -6 -6 -4 -0.5 17 12 1.2 .497 .497 1.9 -1.3 18 *O9/83
1954 32 BAL AL 72 256 -5 -0 -2 -8 -3 -18 -2.0 8 -10 -1.2 .472 .488 -0.3 -1.2 -2 79
1954 32 BOS AL 42 150 8 0 0 -4 -2 3 0.3 5 8 0.8 .508 .502 1.2 -0.6 11 39/7
1955 33 BOS AL 14 33 -5 0 0 3 -0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .484 .499 -0.4 0.3 -4 /79
1955 33 CIN NL 35 68 -3 -0 -1 1 -1 -5 -0.5 3 -2 -0.3 .486 .497 -0.3 -0.0 -3 7/39
1956 34 CLE AL 57 128 -3 -0 -0 1 -1 -4 -0.4 4 0 0.0 .493 .498 -0.1 0.0 -1 7/39
10 Seasons 1046 3798 -20 3 -14 -29 -39 -98 -10.4 115 17 1.2 .490 .494 4.0 -7.1 46
BOS (5 yrs) 263 934 -2 1 -1 -5 -10 -17 -1.8 27 11 1.0 .494 .498 1.6 -1.7 16
WSH (4 yrs) 356 1394 -14 2 -6 -8 -13 -40 -4.0 42 2 0.1 .489 .492 0.7 -2.1 10
CHW (2 yrs) 263 1018 7 1 -3 -9 -11 -15 -1.6 31 16 1.5 .494 .495 2.4 -2.2 25
CLE (1 yr) 57 128 -3 -0 -0 1 -1 -4 -0.4 4 0 0.0 .493 .498 -0.1 0.0 -1
CIN (1 yr) 35 68 -3 -0 -1 1 -1 -5 -0.5 3 -2 -0.3 .486 .497 -0.3 -0.0 -3
BAL (1 yr) 72 256 -5 -0 -2 -8 -3 -18 -2.0 8 -10 -1.2 .472 .488 -0.3 -1.2 -2

Standard Fielding

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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
1947 BOS AL 25 OF 116 111 105 245 233 10 2 1 .992 2.09 .979 2.47
1947 BOS AL 25 RF 92 89 84 173 164 8 1 1 .994 1.87 .977 2.11
1947 BOS AL 25 CF 24 21 20 69 68 0 1 0 .986 2.83 .983 2.90
1947 BOS AL 25 LF 3 1 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .977 2.30
1947 BOS AL 25 1B 1 0 0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 5.00 .990 9.60
1948 BOS AL 26 OF 55 45 43 104 99 2 3 0 .971 1.84 .975 2.51
1948 BOS AL 26 RF 52 45 43 91 87 2 2 0 .978 1.71 .971 2.14
1948 BOS AL 26 LF 3 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 .500 0.33 .975 2.33
1949 TOT AL 27 OF 74 64 52 139 128 6 5 3 .964 1.81 .980 2.44
1949 TOT AL 27 RF 56 43 39 82 75 4 3 1 .963 1.41 .978 2.06
1949 BOS AL 27 OF 11 11 11 22 20 1 1 0 .955 1.91 .980 2.44
1949 BOS AL 27 RF 11 11 11 18 16 1 1 0 .944 1.55 .978 2.06
1949 WSH AL 27 OF 63 53 41 117 108 5 4 3 .966 1.79 .980 2.44
1949 WSH AL 27 RF 45 32 28 64 59 3 2 1 .969 1.38 .978 2.06
1949 WSH AL 27 CF 24 21 13 55 50 3 2 2 .964 2.21 .980 2.80
1949 WSH AL 27 1B 11 8 7 87 79 7 1 9 .989 7.82 .989 9.77
1950 WSH AL 28 OF 99 94 84 824.1 202 192 8 2 0 .990 2.18 2.02 .979 2.51 2.47
1950 WSH AL 28 RF 73 63 59 574.1 126 120 6 0 0 1.000 1.97 1.73 .976 2.11 2.07
1950 WSH AL 28 CF 26 26 25 218.0 69 65 2 2 0 .971 2.77 2.58 .981 2.93 2.88
1950 WSH AL 28 1B 16 14 13 128.2 169 149 18 2 13 .988 11.68 10.44 .989 9.54 9.37
1950 WSH AL 28 LF 6 5 0 32.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 1.97 1.17 .977 2.39 2.35
1951 WSH AL 29 OF 124 118 114 1058.2 273 263 8 2 1 .993 2.30 2.19 .977 2.45 2.44
1951 WSH AL 29 RF 105 99 96 888.0 227 215 10 2 1 .991 2.28 2.14 .978 2.05 2.04
1951 WSH AL 29 CF 19 19 18 168.2 46 46 0 0 0 1.000 2.45 2.42 .981 2.84 2.82
1951 WSH AL 29 1B 15 15 14 130.0 129 122 7 0 11 1.000 8.93 8.60 .990 9.70 9.66
1951 WSH AL 29 LF 2 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.40
1952 TOT AL 30 OF 119 113 104 1001.0 177 168 8 1 1 .994 1.58 1.48 .980 2.40 2.40
1952 TOT AL 30 RF 118 112 103 992.0 169 162 6 1 1 .994 1.52 1.42 .976 1.90 1.90
1952 WSH AL 30 OF 7 6 6 53.0 12 11 0 1 0 .917 1.87 1.57 .980 2.39 2.40
1952 WSH AL 30 RF 6 5 5 44.0 10 9 0 1 0 .900 1.84 1.50 .976 1.90 1.90
1952 WSH AL 30 CF 1 1 1 9.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 2.00 .985 2.90 2.90
1952 CHW AL 30 OF 112 107 98 948.0 165 157 8 0 1 1.000 1.57 1.47 .980 2.40 2.40
1952 CHW AL 30 RF 112 107 98 948.0 159 153 6 0 1 1.000 1.51 1.42 .976 1.90 1.90
1952 CHW AL 30 1B 3 0 0 11.2 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 7.71 3.33 .988 9.64 9.63
1953 CHW AL 31 OF 138 122 116 1136.2 228 213 14 1 1 .996 -6 -6 1.80 1.64 .981 2.43 2.41
1953 CHW AL 31 RF 138 119 116 1117.2 219 204 14 1 1 .995 -3 -3 1.76 1.58 .984 2.09 2.08
1953 CHW AL 31 CF 4 3 0 19.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 1 63 3.32 1.75 .984 2.94 2.95
1953 CHW AL 31 1B 2 0 0 2.2 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 13.50 2.00 .990 9.79 9.65
1954 TOT AL 32 OF 75 70 54 625.0 128 117 6 5 2 .961 -8 -16 1.77 1.64 .979 2.39 2.37
1954 TOT AL 32 LF 43 35 33 332.0 69 63 3 3 0 .957 -8 -28 1.79 1.53 .977 2.26 2.24
1954 TOT AL 32 RF 37 35 21 293.0 60 56 2 2 2 .967 -0 -1 1.78 1.57 .975 2.05 2.03
1954 BAL AL 32 OF 62 58 48 515.0 106 97 5 4 1 .962 -8 -19 1.78 1.65 .979 2.39 2.37
1954 BAL AL 32 LF 40 35 33 323.0 66 60 3 3 0 .955 -8 -30 1.76 1.58 .977 2.26 2.24
1954 BAL AL 32 RF 24 23 15 192.0 40 38 1 1 1 .975 0 1 1.83 1.63 .975 2.05 2.03
1954 BOS AL 32 1B 22 21 11 159.1 177 168 8 1 17 .994 -4 -26 9.94 8.00 .990 9.60 9.53
1954 BOS AL 32 OF 13 12 6 110.0 22 20 1 1 1 .955 0 0 1.72 1.62 .979 2.39 2.37
1954 BOS AL 32 RF 13 12 6 101.0 20 18 1 1 1 .950 -0 -5 1.69 1.46 .975 2.05 2.03
1954 BOS AL 32 LF 3 0 0 9.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 53 3.00 1.00 .977 2.30 2.23
1955 TOT MLB 33 OF 20 17 7 145.0 42 38 3 1 0 .976 4 32 2.54 2.05 .979 2.34 2.32
1955 TOT MLB 33 LF 18 16 6 131.0 39 36 2 1 0 .974 4 38 2.61 2.11 .975 2.13 2.11
1955 TOT MLB 33 RF 2 1 1 14.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -17 0.64 0.50 .980 1.99 2.00
1955 BOS AL 33 OF 7 6 3 54.0 17 14 3 0 0 1.000 3 69 2.83 2.43 .982 2.40 2.39
1955 BOS AL 33 LF 6 5 2 46.0 16 14 2 0 0 1.000 3 89 3.13 2.67 .980 2.27 2.25
1955 BOS AL 33 RF 1 1 1 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -45 0.00 0.00 2.02 2.00
1955 CIN NL 33 OF 13 11 4 91.0 25 24 0 1 0 .960 1 11 2.37 1.85 .977 2.30 2.28
1955 CIN NL 33 LF 12 11 4 85.0 23 22 0 1 0 .957 1 10 2.33 1.83 .972 2.05 2.03
1955 CIN NL 33 1B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -120 0.00 0.00 9.90 9.70
1955 CIN NL 33 RF 1 0 0 6.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 20 1.50 1.00 .980 1.95 2.00
1956 CLE AL 34 OF 20 15 9 130.2 32 29 2 1 0 .969 0 4 2.14 1.55 .979 2.34 2.32
1956 CLE AL 34 LF 14 10 7 88.0 22 19 2 1 0 .955 -1 -8 2.15 1.50 .977 2.10 2.09
1956 CLE AL 34 1B 8 6 6 56.0 64 59 5 0 5 1.000 1 15 10.29 8.00 .990 9.43 9.35
1956 CLE AL 34 RF 6 5 2 42.2 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 1 28 2.32 1.83 .973 2.09 2.07
10 Seasons OF 840 769 688 4921.1 1570 1480 67 23 9 .985 -10 -2 1.95 1.84 .979 2.43 2.43
10 Seasons RF 679 611 564 3921.2 1159 1095 52 12 7 .990 -3 -1 1.85 1.69 .978 2.03 2.05
6 Seasons CF 98 91 77 414.2 248 238 5 5 2 .980 1 3 2.65 2.48 .981 2.89 2.86
7 Seasons LF 89 67 47 585.0 142 129 7 6 0 .958 -4 -9 2.03 1.53 .976 2.21 2.21
9 Seasons 1B 79 64 51 489.1 645 596 45 4 55 .994 -3 -7 10.12 8.11 .990 9.59 9.55
10 Seasons TOT 919 833 739 5410.2 2215 2076 112 27 64 .988 -13 -3 2.69 2.38 .982 3.08 3.04
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
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Slugging % s c a p y
1947 AL  .448 (6th)

At Bats s c a p y
1951 AL  558 (10th)

Doubles s c a p y
1951 AL  36 (1st)

Triples s c a p y
1947 AL  8 (10th)
1951 AL  7 (7th)
1953 AL  8 (5th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1951 AL  94 (6th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1950 AL  21 (6th)
1951 AL  22 (1st)
1952 AL  18 (4th)
1954 AL  16 (9th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1951 AL  18.0 (10th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1951 AL  433 (9th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1949 AL  2 (3rd)

Def. Games as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1951 AL  105 (3rd)
1952 AL  118 (3rd)
1953 AL  138 (3rd)

Putouts as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1951 AL  215 (2nd)

Assists as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1947 AL  8 (3rd)
1951 AL  10 (1st)
1953 AL  14 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1951 AL  1 (4th)
1953 AL  1 (5th)
1954 AL  2 (3rd)

Total Zone Runs as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1955 AL  3 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as RF (s.1954)s c a p y
1951 AL  2.28 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1951 AL  2.14 (1st)

Fielding % as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1951 AL  .991 (1st)
1952 AL  .994 (1st)
1953 AL  .995 (1st)
Career  .990 (9th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1947 AL  .992 (2nd)
1951 AL  .993 (2nd)
1952 AL  .994 (2nd)
1953 AL  .996 (2nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 2 (619), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 13 (1291), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 4 (1691), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 11 (1596), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Right Field (350th), 1.2 career WAR/4.1 7yr-peak WAR/2.6 JAWS
Average HOF RF (out of 24) = 73.2 career WAR/42.9 7yr-peak WAR/58.1 JAWS

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