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Cliff Melton

Clifford George Melton (Mickey Mouse or Mountain Music)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 5", Weight: 203 lb.

Born: January 3, 1912 in Brevard, NC (All Transactions)
Debut: April 25, 1937 (Age 25)
Rookie Status: Lost 1937 [*]
Team: Giants 1937-1944

Final Game: September 29, 1944 (Age 32)
Died: July 28, 1986 in Baltimore, MD
Buried: Most Holy Redeemer Memorial Park, Baltimore, MD
Relatives: Cousin of Rube Melton
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 24, 2014 11:17PM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #731. Red Munger… #732. Mickey McDermott… #733. Gregg Olson… #734. CLIFF MELTON… #735. Sloppy Thurston… #736. Koji Uehara… #737. Rick Helling… 

Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1937 25 NYG NL 20 9 .690 2.61 46 27 14 14 2 7 248.0 216 90 72 9 55 142 6 0 2 1004 148 3.11 1.093 7.8 0.3 2.0 5.2 2.58 MVP-11
1938 26 NYG NL 14 14 .500 3.89 36 31 3 10 1 0 243.0 266 126 105 19 61 101 1 0 0 1042 97 3.87 1.346 9.9 0.7 2.3 3.7 1.66
1939 27 NYG NL 12 15 .444 3.56 41 23 13 9 2 5 207.1 214 94 82 7 65 95 4 0 2 886 111 3.49 1.346 9.3 0.3 2.8 4.1 1.46
1940 28 NYG NL 10 11 .476 4.91 37 21 6 4 1 2 166.2 185 103 91 9 68 91 3 0 1 737 79 3.72 1.518 10.0 0.5 3.7 4.9 1.34
1941 29 NYG NL 8 11 .421 3.01 42 22 10 9 3 1 194.1 181 83 65 14 61 100 2 0 2 818 123 3.54 1.245 8.4 0.6 2.8 4.6 1.64
1942 30 NYG NL 11 5 .688 2.63 23 17 2 12 2 1 143.2 122 51 42 9 33 61 2 0 4 575 128 3.11 1.079 7.6 0.6 2.1 3.8 1.85 AS
1943 31 NYG NL 9 13 .409 3.19 34 28 6 6 2 0 186.1 184 85 66 7 69 55 3 1 3 806 107 3.47 1.358 8.9 0.3 3.3 2.7 0.80
1944 32 NYG NL 2 2 .500 4.06 13 10 0 1 0 0 64.1 78 40 29 5 19 15 1 0 3 291 90 4.02 1.508 10.9 0.7 2.7 2.1 0.79
8 Yrs 86 80 .518 3.42 272 179 54 65 13 16 1453.2 1446 672 552 79 431 660 22 1 17 6159 109 3.51 1.291 9.0 0.5 2.7 4.1 1.53
162 Game Avg. 13 12 .518 3.42 41 27 8 10 2 2 219 218 101 83 12 65 100 3 0 3 929 109 3.51 1.291 9.0 0.5 2.7 4.1 1.53

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1937 25 NYG NL 248.0 46 27 90 3.27 4.47 0.32 0.00 100.0 4.15 25 2.6 1.0 -0.1 4.8 47 .557 .516 MVP-11
1938 26 NYG NL 243.0 36 31 126 4.67 4.32 0.22 0.00 101.2 4.15 -13 -1.4 1.0 -0.1 0.7 7 .463 .492
1939 27 NYG NL 207.1 41 23 94 4.08 4.48 0.13 0.00 101.8 4.43 9 1.0 1.0 -0.1 2.7 26 .523 .506
1940 28 NYG NL 166.2 37 21 103 5.56 4.54 0.11 0.00 102.2 4.53 -18 -1.9 1.0 -0.1 -0.4 -4 .449 .488
1941 29 NYG NL 194.1 42 22 83 3.84 4.49 -0.10 0.00 101.7 4.67 19 2.1 1.0 -0.1 3.8 35 .550 .513
1942 30 NYG NL 143.0 23 17 51 3.21 3.99 0.15 0.00 102.0 3.92 12 1.5 1.0 -0.1 2.6 22 .564 .509 AS
1943 31 NYG NL 186.1 34 28 85 4.11 4.09 -0.27 0.00 101.6 4.43 6 0.8 1.0 -0.1 2.2 21 .522 .505
1944 32 NYG NL 64.1 13 10 40 5.60 4.28 0.01 0.00 103.1 4.40 -8 -0.9 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -3 .434 .495
8 Seasons 1453.0 272 179 672 4.16 4.35 0.09 0.00 101.5 4.33 31 3.8 1.0 -0.7 16.1 151 .514 .504

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1937 25 NYG NL WS L NYY 0 2 .000 4.91 3 2 0 0 0 0 11.0 12 6 6 2 6 1 7 0 0 1 50 1.636 9.8 1.6 4.9 5.7 1.17
1 WS 0 2 .000 4.91 3 2 0 0 0 0 11.0 12 6 6 2 6 1 7 0 0 1 50 1.636 9.8 1.6 4.9 5.7 1.17

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
1937 25 NYG NL 46 94 82 3 10 0 0 0 5 0 1 21 .122 .133 .122 .254 -31 10 3 0 10 1 MVP-11
1938 26 NYG NL 36 95 80 7 14 2 0 0 6 0 2 14 .175 .195 .200 .395 8 16 1 0 13 1
1939 27 NYG NL 41 75 66 2 12 1 0 0 6 0 1 10 .182 .194 .197 .391 5 13 1 0 8 1
1940 28 NYG NL 37 62 54 6 12 1 1 0 3 0 2 14 .222 .250 .278 .528 45 15 1 0 6 1
1941 29 NYG NL 42 71 61 2 7 0 0 0 4 0 2 16 .115 .143 .115 .258 -27 7 1 0 8 1
1942 30 NYG NL 23 53 47 5 11 0 0 0 5 0 4 12 .234 .294 .234 .528 55 11 1 0 2 1 AS
1943 31 NYG NL 34 65 54 3 8 0 1 0 2 0 8 14 .148 .258 .185 .443 29 10 2 0 3 1
1944 32 NYG NL 13 26 25 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 .120 .120 .120 .240 -32 3 0 0 1 1
8 Yrs 272 541 469 28 77 4 2 0 32 0 20 108 .164 .198 .181 .380 6 85 10 0 51
162 Game Avg. 162 322 279 17 46 2 1 0 19 0 12 64 .164 .198 .181 .380 6 51 6 0 30

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
1937 25 NYG NL 46 94 -17 0 0 0 10 -6 -0.6 0 -6 -0.6 .486 .496 -0.6 -0.0 -6 1 MVP-11
1938 26 NYG NL 36 95 -11 0 0 0 11 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -0 1
1939 27 NYG NL 41 75 -10 0 0 0 8 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .497 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1940 28 NYG NL 37 62 -5 0 0 0 7 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .506 .501 0.2 -0.0 2 1
1941 29 NYG NL 42 71 -11 0 0 0 8 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .491 .498 -0.4 -0.0 -4 1
1942 30 NYG NL 23 53 -3 0 0 0 5 2 0.3 0 2 0.3 .513 .502 0.3 -0.0 2 1 AS
1943 31 NYG NL 34 65 -5 0 0 0 5 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .502 .500 0.1 0.0 0 1
1944 32 NYG NL 13 26 -4 0 0 0 2 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .483 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
8 Seasons 272 541 -66 1 0 0 57 -8 -0.9 0 -8 -0.9 .497 .499 -0.9 -0.1 -8

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1937 25 NYG NL WS NYY L 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .333 .000 .333 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .333 .000 .333 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1937 NYG NL 25 P 46 27 14 248.0 79 10 68 1 3 .987 2.83 1.70 .958 2.39 2.36 MVP-11
1938 NYG NL 26 P 36 31 10 243.0 73 5 64 4 1 .945 2.56 1.92 .964 2.21 2.19
1939 NYG NL 27 P 41 23 9 207.1 59 6 49 4 0 .932 2.39 1.34 .960 2.19 2.16
1940 NYG NL 28 P 37 21 4 166.2 44 6 38 0 4 1.000 2.38 1.19 .962 2.22 2.22 1 0 0% 0
1941 NYG NL 29 P 42 22 9 194.1 64 4 58 2 1 .969 2.87 1.48 .965 2.23 2.21 1 1 50% 0
1942 NYG NL 30 P 23 17 12 143.2 52 7 44 1 1 .981 3.19 2.22 .968 2.35 2.35 0 2 100% 0 AS
1943 NYG NL 31 P 34 28 6 186.1 66 6 57 3 4 .955 3.04 1.85 .961 2.25 2.25 1 2 67% 0
1944 NYG NL 32 P 13 10 1 64.1 21 1 19 1 1 .952 2.80 1.54 .961 2.14 2.13 1 0 0% 0
8 Seasons P 272 179 65 1453.2 458 45 397 16 15 .965 2.74 1.63 .962 2.26 2.24 4 5 56% 0
8 Seasons TOT 272 179 65 1453.2 458 45 397 16 15 .965 2.74 1.63 .962 2.26 2.24 4 5 56% 0
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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1937 NL (11, 21%)
0.21 Career Shares (741st)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1937 NL  4.8 (2nd)
1941 NL  3.8 (8th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1937 NL  2.61 (2nd)
1941 NL  3.01 (7th)

Wins s c a p y
1937 NL  20 (2nd)
1938 NL  14 (9th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1937 NL  .690 (3rd)
1942 NL  .688 (8th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1937 NL  1.093 (2nd)
1941 NL  1.245 (7th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1937 NL  7.839 (3rd)
1941 NL  8.383 (10th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1937 NL  1.996 (8th)
1938 NL  2.259 (9th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1937 NL  5.153 (9th)
1939 NL  4.124 (6th)
1940 NL  4.914 (1st)
1941 NL  4.631 (5th)

Games Played s c a p y
1937 NL  46 (7th)
1941 NL  42 (6th)

Saves s c a p y
1937 NL  7 (1st)
1939 NL  5 (6th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1937 NL  248.0 (7th)
1938 NL  243.0 (7th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1937 NL  142 (4th)
1938 NL  101 (9th)
1939 NL  95 (8th)
1940 NL  91 (10th)
1941 NL  100 (7th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1937 NL  2 (10th)
1939 NL  2 (8th)
1941 NL  3 (7th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1938 NL  19 (3rd)
1941 NL  14 (7th)

Hits s c a p y
1938 NL  266 (6th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1937 NL  2.582 (3rd)
1938 NL  1.656 (7th)
1939 NL  1.462 (10th)
1941 NL  1.639 (5th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1937 NL  0.327 (10th)
1939 NL  0.304 (3rd)

Losses s c a p y
1938 NL  14 (7th)
1939 NL  15 (5th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1938 NL  105 (4th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1942 NL  4 (9th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1937 NL  6 (5th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1938 NL  1,042 (8th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1937 NL  14 (10th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1937 NL  148 (2nd)
1941 NL  123 (8th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1937 NL  3.11 (4th)
1939 NL  3.49 (4th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1937 NL  33 (2nd)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1937 NL  3.4 (2nd)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1938 NL  13 (4th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1937 NL  68 (4th)
1938 NL  64 (5th)
1941 NL  58 (3rd)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1938 NL  4 (3rd)
1939 NL  4 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1941 NL  2.87 (4th)
1943 NL  3.04 (3rd)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1937 NL  .987 (5th)
1940 NL  1.000 (1st)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 3 (579), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 67 (381), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 16 (752), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 10 (861), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (637th), 15.2 career WAR/15.8 7yr-peak WAR/15.5 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

  • July 27, 1936: Purchased by the New York Giants from Baltimore (International).
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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary Sources Notes/Other Sources
193422New York Yankees$2,400Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,400
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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Name and misspellings: Mickey Mouse Clifford Mountain Cliff Mouse Mountain Mickey George Music Melton

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