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Rube Melton

Reuben Franklin Melton

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 5", Weight: 205 lb.

Born: February 27, 1917 in Cramerton, NC
High School: Gastonia HS (Gastonia, NC)
Schools: Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC), Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 17, 1941 (Age 24.049)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1941 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Phillies 1941-1947

Final Game: June 3, 1947 (Age 30.096)
Died: September 11, 1971 in Greer, SC
Buried: Woodlawn Memorial Park, Greenville, SC
Relatives: Cousin of Cliff Melton
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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
1941 24 PHI NL 1 5 .167 4.73 25 5 15 2 0 0 83.2 81 48 44 7 47 57 0 0 5 369 78 4.07 1.530 8.7 0.8 5.1 6.1 1.21
1942 25 PHI NL 9 20 .310 3.70 42 29 9 10 1 4 209.1 180 95 86 7 114 107 3 0 8 903 89 3.51 1.404 7.7 0.3 4.9 4.6 0.94
1943 26 BRO NL 5 8 .385 3.92 30 17 6 4 2 0 119.1 106 62 52 3 79 63 5 0 2 528 85 3.79 1.550 8.0 0.2 6.0 4.8 0.80
1944 27 BRO NL 9 13 .409 3.46 37 23 8 6 1 0 187.1 178 92 72 1 96 91 2 1 6 822 103 3.21 1.463 8.6 0.0 4.6 4.4 0.95
1946 29 BRO NL 6 3 .667 1.99 24 12 8 3 2 1 99.2 72 27 22 3 52 44 3 0 1 412 171 3.55 1.244 6.5 0.3 4.7 4.0 0.85
1947 30 BRO NL 0 1 .000 13.50 4 1 0 0 0 0 4.2 7 7 7 1 7 1 0 0 0 27 33 9.35 3.000 13.5 1.9 13.5 1.9 0.14
6 Yrs 30 50 .375 3.62 162 87 46 25 6 5 704.0 624 331 283 22 395 363 13 1 22 3061 95 3.59 1.447 8.0 0.3 5.0 4.6 0.92
162 Game Avg. 8 14 .375 3.62 44 24 13 7 2 1 192 170 90 77 6 108 99 4 0 6 836 95 3.59 1.447 8.0 0.3 5.0 4.6 0.92
BRO (4 yrs) 20 25 .444 3.35 95 53 22 13 5 1 411.0 363 188 153 8 234 199 10 1 9 1789 103 3.53 1.453 7.9 0.2 5.1 4.4 0.85
PHI (2 yrs) 10 25 .286 3.99 67 34 24 12 1 4 293.0 261 143 130 14 161 164 3 0 13 1272 85 3.67 1.440 8.0 0.4 4.9 5.0 1.02
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

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
1941 24 PHI NL 83.2 25 5 48 5.16 4.42 -0.28 0.00 101.6 4.78 -3 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 0.4 4 .487 .498
1942 25 PHI NL 209.1 42 29 95 4.08 4.05 -0.15 0.00 98.3 4.13 2 0.3 1.0 -0.1 2.0 17 .507 .502
1943 26 BRO NL 119.1 30 17 62 4.68 3.91 -0.17 0.00 100.5 4.10 -8 -0.9 1.0 -0.1 0.1 1 .471 .495
1944 27 BRO NL 187.1 37 23 92 4.42 4.21 -0.52 0.00 99.0 4.68 6 0.6 1.0 -0.1 2.1 21 .517 .504
1946 29 BRO NL 100.0 24 12 27 2.43 3.88 0.07 0.00 99.0 3.78 15 1.8 1.1 -0.0 2.8 24 .574 .511
1947 30 BRO NL 4.2 4 1 7 13.50 4.51 0.29 0.00 103.3 4.35 -5 -0.4 2.0 -0.1 -0.5 -4 .390 .497
6 Seasons 704.1 162 87 331 4.23 4.09 -0.23 0.00 99.4 4.30 7 1.0 1.1 -0.5 6.9 63 .506 .502
BRO (4 yrs) 411.1 95 53 188 4.11 4.05 -0.27 0.00 99.5 4.29 8 1.1 1.1 -0.3 4.5 42 .511 .502
PHI (2 yrs) 293.0 67 34 143 4.39 4.16 -0.19 0.00 99.3 4.32 -1 -0.0 1.0 -0.2 2.4 21 .499 .500

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
1941 24 PHI NL 25 21 19 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 11 .105 .105 .105 .211 -39 2 0 0 2 1
1942 25 PHI NL 42 65 65 3 8 3 0 1 7 0 2 26 .123 .149 .215 .365 9 14 0 0 0 1
1943 26 BRO NL 30 44 38 4 4 0 0 0 3 0 1 13 .105 .128 .105 .233 -33 4 0 0 5 1
1944 27 BRO NL 37 66 57 2 7 3 0 0 3 0 0 21 .123 .123 .175 .298 -16 10 0 0 9 1
1946 29 BRO NL 24 31 28 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 .107 .107 .143 .250 -30 4 0 0 3 1
1947 30 BRO NL 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 425 1 0 0 0 /1
6 Yrs 162 228 208 11 25 7 0 1 14 0 3 80 .120 .133 .168 .301 -13 35 0 0 19
162 Game Avg. 162 228 208 11 25 7 0 1 14 0 3 80 .120 .133 .168 .301 -13 35 0 0 19
BRO (4 yrs) 95 142 124 8 15 4 0 0 6 0 1 43 .121 .128 .153 .281 -20 19 0 0 17
PHI (2 yrs) 67 86 84 3 10 3 0 1 8 0 2 37 .119 .140 .190 .330 -2 16 0 0 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
1941 24 PHI NL 25 21 -4 0 0 0 2 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .493 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1
1942 25 PHI NL 42 65 -7 0 0 0 6 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1943 26 BRO NL 30 44 -7 0 0 0 4 -3 -0.4 0 -3 -0.4 .487 .498 -0.4 0.0 -3 1
1944 27 BRO NL 37 66 -10 0 0 0 6 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .488 .497 -0.4 0.0 -4 1
1946 29 BRO NL 24 31 -5 0 0 0 3 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .490 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
1947 30 BRO NL 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .514 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /1
6 Seasons 162 228 -33 0 0 0 22 -11 -1.2 0 -11 -1.2 .492 .498 -1.2 -0.0 -11
BRO (4 yrs) 95 142 -22 0 0 0 13 -9 -1.0 0 -9 -1.0 .489 .498 -1.0 0.0 -9
PHI (2 yrs) 67 86 -11 0 0 0 9 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .496 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2

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
1941 PHI NL 24 P 25 5 2 83.2 13 0 11 2 0 .846 1.18 0.44 .965 2.23 2.21 0 1 100% 0
1942 PHI NL 25 P 42 29 10 209.1 42 8 33 1 2 .976 1.76 0.98 .968 2.35 2.35 11 9 45% 1
1943 BRO NL 26 P 30 17 4 119.1 24 1 20 3 1 .875 1.58 0.70 .961 2.25 2.25 3 7 70% 4
1944 BRO NL 27 P 37 23 6 187.1 44 8 34 2 2 .955 2.02 1.14 .961 2.14 2.13 9 5 36% 5
1946 BRO NL 29 P 24 12 3 99.2 22 1 20 1 0 .955 1.90 0.88 .960 2.24 2.22 3 8 73% 2
1947 BRO NL 30 P 4 1 0 4.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.12 2.08 2 0 0% 0
6 Seasons P 162 87 25 704.0 145 18 118 9 5 .938 1.74 0.84 .963 2.24 2.23 28 30 52% 12
6 Seasons TOT 162 87 25 704.0 145 18 118 9 5 .938 1.74 0.84 .963 2.24 2.23 28 30 52% 12
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

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1942 NL  7.739 (8th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1942 NL  4.600 (5th)
1944 NL  4.372 (5th)

Games Played s c a p y
1942 NL  42 (5th)

Saves s c a p y
1942 NL  4 (6th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1942 NL  107 (5th)
1944 NL  91 (8th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1942 NL  114 (1st)
1943 NL  79 (7th)
1944 NL  96 (7th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1944 NL  0.048 (1st)

Losses s c a p y
1942 NL  20 (2nd)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1942 NL  86 (6th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1941 NL  5 (9th)
1942 NL  8 (1st)
1944 NL  6 (5th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1943 NL  5 (3rd)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1944 NL  3.21 (10th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1946 NL  15 (8th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1946 NL  1.7 (8th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1946 NL  14.03 (7th)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1946 NL  1.6 (7th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1942 NL  42 (5th)

                                         

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 14 (1314), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 7 (1160), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1166th), 5.7 career WAR/5.7 7yr-peak WAR/5.7 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

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Name and misspellings: Reuben Franklin Rube Melton

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