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Bill Melton

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Bill Melton
Third Base/OF.  Chicago White Sox, 1968-75.
Batted:  right.  Threw:  right.
Born:  7/7/45, Gulfport, Mississippi.


  • Set club record with 33 home runs in 1970.  Tied his own record by repeating the feat in 1971.
  • The first White Sox player to ever win the American League home run crown and still one of only two to accomplish the feat, 33 in 1971.
  • 154 home runs set a club record for career home runs, still fifth all-time.
  • Twice hit 12 home runs in a single month, June, 1969 and again in June, 1971.
  • Hit three homers in a single game on June 24, 1969.
  • Led club in homers and rbi's three times, 1969, 1970, and 1971.  Led club in homers again in 1973.
  • Never played organized ball until college.
  • Selected to the 1971 all-star team.
  • Holds record for most home runs hit at Old Comiskey Park, 88.
  • Reintroduced to an entire generation of Sox fans working in Sox community relations and Sox commentator on ESPN Radio.
  • A favorite of Sox fans, his model Adirondack Big Stick is featured on the jacket of The White Sox Encyclopedia, still known and appreciated today as Sox hero, Beltin' Bill Melton.

    Chosen by Sox fans as the greatest hall of fame third basemen.

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