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Bill Melton

William Edwin Melton (Beltin' Bill)

Positions: Third Baseman, Rightfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: July 7, 1945 in Gulfport, MS
School: Citrus College (Glendora, CA)
Signed
by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent in 1964. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 4, 1968 (Age 22.302)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1969 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Angels/Indians 1968-1977

Final Game: August 30, 1977 (Age 32.054)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 25, 2014 11:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #940. Jose Altuve… #941. Denard Span… #942. Omar Infante… #943. BILL MELTON… #944. Matt Stairs… #945. Terry Moore… #946. Jim Landis… 

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
1968 22 CHW AL 34 122 109 5 29 8 0 2 16 1 1 10 32 .266 .322 .394 .717 112 43 2 0 1 2 0 5
1969 23 CHW AL 157 628 556 67 142 26 2 23 87 1 2 56 106 .255 .326 .433 .759 106 241 12 5 5 6 7 *5/97
1970 24 CHW AL 141 589 514 74 135 15 1 33 96 2 4 56 107 .263 .340 .488 .828 125 251 7 9 1 9 2 59
1971 ★ 25 CHW AL 150 621 543 72 146 18 2 33 86 3 3 61 87 .269 .352 .492 .843 134 267 8 11 1 5 5 *5 AS,MVP-13
1972 26 CHW AL 57 232 208 22 51 5 0 7 30 1 1 23 31 .245 .319 .370 .689 103 77 2 0 0 1 2 5
1973 27 CHW AL 152 642 560 83 155 29 1 20 87 4 4 75 66 .277 .363 .439 .802 122 246 20 2 2 3 7 *5/D
1974 28 CHW AL 136 570 495 63 120 17 0 21 63 3 2 59 60 .242 .326 .404 .730 107 200 16 5 5 6 3 *5D
1975 29 CHW AL 149 608 512 62 123 16 0 15 70 5 4 78 106 .240 .346 .359 .705 99 184 13 8 3 6 1 *5D
1976 30 CAL AL 118 392 341 31 71 17 3 6 42 2 0 44 53 .208 .300 .328 .628 90 112 5 2 2 3 2 D35
1977 31 CLE AL 50 154 133 17 32 11 0 0 14 1 3 17 21 .241 .331 .323 .654 83 43 9 2 0 2 0 3D5
10 Yrs 1144 4558 3971 496 1004 162 9 160 591 23 24 479 669 .253 .337 .419 .756 112 1664 94 44 20 43 29
162 Game Avg. 162 645 562 70 142 23 1 23 84 3 3 68 95 .253 .337 .419 .756 112 236 13 6 3 6 4
CHW (8 yrs) 976 4012 3497 448 901 134 6 154 535 20 21 418 595 .258 .340 .432 .772 115 1509 80 40 18 38 27
CLE (1 yr) 50 154 133 17 32 11 0 0 14 1 3 17 21 .241 .331 .323 .654 83 43 9 2 0 2 0
CAL (1 yr) 118 392 341 31 71 17 3 6 42 2 0 44 53 .208 .300 .328 .628 90 112 5 2 2 3 2

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
1968 22 CHW AL 34 122 2 -1 -0 5 1 6 0.7 4 10 1.2 .524 .505 0.6 0.7 5 5
1969 23 CHW AL 157 628 2 0 0 -10 3 -5 -0.7 21 16 1.5 .496 .496 2.7 -0.9 26 *5/97
1970 24 CHW AL 141 589 16 -3 1 -7 -2 5 0.4 20 25 2.5 .504 .504 3.4 -1.0 32 59
1971 ★ 25 CHW AL 150 621 22 -0 -1 7 3 31 3.5 21 52 5.6 .524 .522 4.9 1.1 45 *5 AS,MVP-13
1972 26 CHW AL 57 232 1 -1 -0 -2 1 -1 -0.1 8 8 0.8 .499 .500 1.1 -0.2 10 5
1973 27 CHW AL 152 642 13 2 -2 -4 4 12 1.5 23 35 3.8 .509 .508 4.1 0.1 39 *5/D
1974 28 CHW AL 136 570 7 1 -3 -7 2 0 0.1 20 20 2.1 .500 .500 3.0 -0.5 28 *5D
1975 29 CHW AL 149 608 2 -2 -2 -10 2 -9 -0.9 22 12 1.2 .493 .494 2.3 -0.7 22 *5D
1976 30 CAL AL 118 392 -2 0 -0 -6 -6 -13 -1.4 14 1 -0.1 .487 .491 0.6 -1.3 7 D35
1977 31 CLE AL 50 154 -1 -2 -1 1 -2 -5 -0.5 6 1 0.0 .490 .497 -0.1 -0.0 -1 $85,000 3D5
10 Seasons 1144 4558 61 -5 -8 -32 6 22 2.6 160 182 18.7 .502 .502 22.5 -2.8 214 $85,000
CHW (8 yrs) 976 4012 65 -3 -7 -28 14 40 4.6 141 181 18.7 .505 .504 22.0 -1.5 208
CLE (1 yr) 50 154 -1 -2 -1 1 -2 -5 -0.5 6 1 0.0 .490 .497 -0.1 -0.0 -1 $85,000
CAL (1 yr) 118 392 -2 0 -0 -6 -6 -13 -1.4 14 1 -0.1 .487 .491 0.6 -1.3 7

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
1968 CHW AL 22 3B 33 32 25 275.2 95 17 75 3 5 .968 5 21 3.00 2.79 .951 3.05 3.04
1969 CHW AL 23 3B 148 139 132 1236.2 456 112 322 22 36 .952 -11 -10 3.16 2.93 .955 3.16 3.15
1969 CHW AL 23 OF 11 9 4 68.0 16 13 3 0 0 1.000 1 16 2.12 1.45 .978 2.13 2.13
1969 CHW AL 23 RF 8 6 2 43.0 13 11 2 0 0 1.000 2 47 2.72 1.63 .974 1.90 1.91
1969 CHW AL 23 LF 3 3 2 25.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -38 1.08 1.00 .977 1.98 2.00
1970 CHW AL 24 OF 71 70 62 599.2 119 111 8 0 3 1.000 -6 -12 1.79 1.68 .980 2.14 2.13
1970 CHW AL 24 3B 70 70 66 609.0 244 47 179 18 19 .926 -1 -2 3.34 3.23 .949 3.07 3.06
1970 CHW AL 24 RF 70 70 62 599.2 124 117 7 0 3 1.000 -6 -12 1.86 1.77 .975 1.98 1.97
1971 CHW AL 25 3B 148 148 135 1270.1 503 116 371 16 26 .968 7 7 3.45 3.29 .956 3.04 3.03 AS,MVP-13
1972 CHW AL 26 3B 56 56 52 491.1 184 47 125 12 12 .935 -2 -6 3.15 3.07 .954 2.98 2.96
1973 CHW AL 27 3B 151 151 132 1307.2 485 115 347 23 31 .953 -4 -4 3.18 3.06 .950 3.00 2.98
1973 CHW AL 27 DH 1 1
1974 CHW AL 28 3B 123 123 112 1079.2 396 100 272 24 29 .939 -7 -8 3.10 3.02 .954 3.12 3.10
1974 CHW AL 28 DH 11 9
1975 CHW AL 29 3B 138 138 125 1190.2 470 131 313 26 23 .945 -10 -10 3.36 3.22 .954 3.16 3.15
1975 CHW AL 29 DH 11 11
1976 CAL AL 30 DH 51 48
1976 CAL AL 30 1B 30 27 11 218.0 237 220 15 2 20 .992 -3 -14 9.70 7.83 .992 9.85 9.89
1976 CAL AL 30 3B 21 14 11 131.0 29 7 21 1 2 .966 -3 -28 1.92 1.33 .953 2.94 2.95
1977 CLE AL 31 1B 15 11 9 108.0 142 134 8 0 10 1.000 1 16 11.83 9.47 .990 10.02 9.95
1977 CLE AL 31 DH 14 12
1977 CLE AL 31 3B 13 10 6 94.0 30 8 20 2 1 .933 -0 -1 2.68 2.15 .957 2.97 2.96
10 Seasons 3B 901 881 796 7686.0 2892 700 2045 147 184 .949 -26 -4 3.21 3.05 .953 3.08 3.06
5 Seasons DH 88 81
2 Seasons OF 82 79 66 667.2 135 124 11 0 3 1.000 -5 -9 1.82 1.65 .980 2.14 2.13
2 Seasons RF 78 76 64 642.2 137 128 9 0 3 1.000 -4 -8 1.92 1.76 .975 1.97 1.96
2 Seasons 1B 45 38 20 326.0 379 354 23 2 30 .995 -1 -4 10.41 8.38 .991 9.91 9.91
1 Season LF 3 3 2 25.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -38 1.08 1.00 .977 1.98 2.00
10 Seasons TOT 1028 998 882 8679.2 3406 1178 2079 149 217 .956 -32 -4 3.38 3.17 .959 3.26 3.29
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

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1983 BBWAA ()

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1971 AL (13, 5%)
0.05 Career Shares (1140th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1971 AL  5.6 (9th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1971 AL  4.8 (9th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1970 AL  .488 (10th)
1971 AL  .492 (6th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1971 AL  267 (4th)

Doubles s c a p y
1973 AL  29 (6th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1970 AL  33 (6th)
1971 AL  33 (1st)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1970 AL  96 (9th)
1971 AL  86 (10th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1969 AL  106 (4th)
1970 AL  107 (7th)
1975 AL  106 (9th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1971 AL  96 (7th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1971 AL  53 (6th)
1973 AL  50 (10th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1971 AL  .690 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1970 AL  9 (2nd)
1971 AL  11 (2nd)
1975 AL  8 (5th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1970 AL  9 (3rd)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1973 AL  20 (5th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1970 AL  15.6 (6th)
1971 AL  16.5 (3rd)
1974 AL  23.6 (9th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1975 AL  26 (5th)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1969 AL  148 (5th)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1975 AL  131 (4th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1969 AL  322 (4th)
1971 AL  371 (2nd)
1973 AL  347 (4th)
Career  2,045 (88th)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1969 AL  22 (3rd)
1970 AL  18 (4th)
1971 AL  16 (4th)
1973 AL  23 (3rd)
1974 AL  24 (1st)
1975 AL  26 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1969 AL  36 (3rd)
1973 AL  31 (3rd)
1974 AL  29 (5th)
Career  184 (82nd)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1970 AL  3 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1970 AL  3 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as 3B s c a p y
1968 AL  5 (5th)
1971 AL  7 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 3Bs c a p y
1969 AL  3.16 (5th)
1971 AL  3.45 (2nd)
1973 AL  3.18 (4th)
1975 AL  3.36 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1971 AL  3.29 (2nd)
1973 AL  3.06 (4th)
1974 AL  3.02 (5th)
1975 AL  3.22 (4th)
Career  3.05 (77th)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1971 AL  .968 (4th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 4 (430), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 24 (935), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 11 (1140), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 15 (1159), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (119th), 18.7 career WAR/17.9 7yr-peak WAR/18.3 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1977 31 Cleveland Indians $85,000 ? TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
Career to date (may be incomplete)$85,000
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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