Bill Melton

William Edwin Melton (born July 7, 1945), nicknamed "Beltin' Bill" or "Beltin' Melton", is an American former professional baseball player and current television sports commentator. He played as a third baseman in Major League Baseball from 1968 through 1977 for the Chicago White Sox, California Angels and Cleveland Indians. He is now a commentator for NBC Sports Chicago White Sox broadcasts.

Bill Melton
Third baseman
Born: July 7, 1945 (age 74)
Gulfport, Mississippi
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 4, 1968, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
August 30, 1977, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average.253
Home runs160
Runs batted in591
Career highlights and awards

Baseball career

Melton was signed as a minor league free agent directly out of high school prior to the 1964 season and was assigned to the White Sox rookie league Sarasota White Sox. After spending 1965 back at Sarasota, this time with the A-League Sarasota Sun Sox, Melton made steady progress through the White Sox system, playing for the A-League Fox Cities Foxes, AA Evansville White Sox, and AAA Hawaii Islanders (and Syracuse Chiefs while on loan to the Yankees organization). At each level, he displayed the two characteristics that he would be known for throughout his playing career: a powerful bat and questionable fielding.[1]

Melton made his major league debut on May 4, 1968, and was a mainstay at third for the White Sox for the next seven years. After leading the Sox in home runs in 1969 with 23, Melton came into his own in 1970, hitting 33 home runs and again leading the team. In 1971, Melton had arguably his best season as he made the all-star team and led the American League with 33 home runs – the first time a White Sox player had led the league in home runs.[2] Melton's production declined in 1972 after he missed most of the season with two herniated discs resulting from trying to break his son's fall from their garage roof.[3] The injury sapped his power such that he would not again hit more than 21 home runs in a year. Before his back problems, Melton was a popular player, but when his play began to suffer due to his back injury, he became the target of fans and media. Melton especially drew the ire of White Sox broadcaster Harry Caray, who often railed against Beltin' Bill for his fielding problems.[4] Never good with the glove, finishing either third or fourth in the league for errors by a third baseman every year except his rookie and injury-shortened 1972 seasons, Melton led the league with 24 errors in 1974 and 26 in 1975.

Following the 1975 season, Melton was traded to the Angels along with pitcher Steve Dunning for outfielder Morris Nettles and first baseman Jim Spencer, but his production continued to decrease as he hit .208 with 6 home runs in 118 games and he clashed with manager Dick Williams.[5] Following the 1976 season, he was traded again, this time to the Indians for a player to be named later (ultimately relief pitcher Stan Perzanowski) and cash.[6] After appearing in only 50 games for the Indians in 1977, hitting only .241 with no home runs, he retired following the season.

Career statistics

In 1144 games over 10 seasons, Melton compiled a .253 batting average (1004-for-3971) with 496 runs, 162 doubles, 9 triples, 160 home runs, 591 RBI, 479 base on balls, 669 strikeouts, .337 on-base percentage and .419 slugging percentage. Defensively, he recorded a .956 fielding percentage at third base, first base and right field.


After working with his father manufacturing skateboard wheels and becoming a real estate agent following retirement, Melton took a position as a community relations representative for the White Sox 1992. In 1998, Melton was hired by WGN to be a White Sox pre- and postgame television analyst. In 2005, he was hired by Comcast SportsNet Chicago in a similar position.[7]

Until 1987, Melton was the White Sox' all-time home run leader. He was passed in 1987 by Harold Baines, who was then overtaken by Carlton Fisk in 1990. Fisk was later bypassed by Frank Thomas. He is currently eighth on the White Sox all-time home runs list and tenth on the team's all-time strikeouts list.[8]

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1968 Chicago White Sox season

The 1968 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 68th season in the major leagues, and its 69th season overall. They finished with a record 67–95, good enough for eighth place in the American League, 36 games behind the first-place Detroit Tigers.

1969 Chicago White Sox season

The 1969 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 69th season in the major leagues, and its 70th season overall. They finished with a record 68–94, good enough for fifth place in the newly established American League West, 29 games behind the first-place Minnesota Twins.

The White Sox nearly left Chicago in 1969. White Sox owner Arthur Allyn, Jr. considered overtures from Bud Selig and other Milwaukee interests to move the club to County Stadium. Instead, he sold to his brother, John. The newly established Seattle Pilots would move there a year after their inaugural season.

1970 Chicago White Sox season

The 1970 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 70th season in the American League, and its 71st overall. They finished with a 56–106 record, their third-worst in 114 seasons of Major League Baseball, and finished in last position in the American League West, 42 wins behind the first-place Minnesota Twins.

This was their last season of 100 losses or more until 2018, when they reached the century mark on the final day of said season.

1971 Chicago White Sox season

The 1971 Chicago White Sox season was their 72nd season overall and 71st in the American League. They finished with a record 79–83, good enough for third place in the American League West, 22½ games behind the first-place Oakland Athletics.

1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the 42nd such game, was played on July 13, 1971. The all-stars from the American League and the National League faced each other at Tiger Stadium, home of the Detroit Tigers. The American League won by a score of 6–4.This was the third time that the Tigers had hosted the All-Star Game (at the previous two in 1941 and 1951, Tiger Stadium had been called Briggs Stadium). This would be the last time Tiger Stadium hosted the All-Star Game, as when it returned to Detroit in 2005, the Tigers had moved to their new home at Comerica Park.

This was the first American League win since the second All-Star Game of 1962, and would be their last until the 54th All-Star Game in 1983. Over the twenty game stretch from 1963–1982, the American League would go 1–19; the worst stretch for either league in the history of the exhibition.

1972 Chicago White Sox season

The 1972 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 73rd season overall, and 72nd in the American League. They finished with a record 87–67, good enough for second place in the American League West, 5½ games behind the first-place Oakland Athletics.

1973 Chicago White Sox season

The 1973 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 73rd season in the major leagues, and its 74th season overall. They finished with a record 77–85, good enough for fifth place in the American League West, 17 games behind the first-place Oakland Athletics.

1974 Chicago White Sox season

The 1974 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 74th season in the major leagues, and its 75th season overall. They finished with a record 80–80, good enough for fourth place in the American League West, 9 games behind the first-place Oakland Athletics.

1975 Chicago White Sox season

The 1975 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 75th season in Major League Baseball, and its 76th season overall. They finished with a record 75–86, good enough for fifth place in the American League West, 22½ games behind the first-place Oakland Athletics.

1976 California Angels season

The 1976 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing fourth in the American League West with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses.

1983 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1983 followed the system in place since 1978.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and

elected two, Juan Marichal and Brooks Robinson.

The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider older major league players as well as managers, umpires, executives, and figures from the Negro Leagues.

It selected Walter Alston and George Kell.

Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. The White Sox are owned by Jerry Reinsdorf, and play their home games at Guaranteed Rate Field, located on the city's South Side. They are one of two major league clubs in Chicago; the other is the Chicago Cubs, who are a member of the National League (NL) Central division.

One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the franchise was established as a major league baseball club in 1901. The club was originally called the Chicago White Stockings, but this was soon shortened to Chicago White Sox. The team originally played home games at South Side Park before moving to Comiskey Park in 1910, where they played until Guaranteed Rate Field (originally known as Comiskey Park and then known as U.S. Cellular Field) opened in 1991.

The White Sox won the 1906 World Series with a defense-oriented team dubbed "the Hitless Wonders", and the 1917 World Series led by Eddie Cicotte, Eddie Collins, and Shoeless Joe Jackson. The 1919 World Series was marred by the Black Sox Scandal, in which several members of the White Sox were accused of conspiring with gamblers to fix games. In response, Major League Baseball's new Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned the players from Major League Baseball for life. In 1959, led by Early Wynn, Nellie Fox, Luis Aparicio and manager Al López, the White Sox won the American League pennant. They won the AL pennant in 2005, and went on to win the World Series, led by World Series MVP Jermaine Dye, Paul Konerko, Mark Buehrle, catcher A. J. Pierzynski, and the first Latino manager to win the World Series, Ozzie Guillén.

From 1901–2018, the White Sox have an overall record of 9211–9126 (a .502 winning 'percentage').

Jim Spencer

James Lloyd Spencer (July 30, 1947 – February 10, 2002) was a Major League Baseball first baseman. Born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, the left-handed Spencer was recognized for his excellent fielding ability, but also served in later years as a designated hitter.

List of American public address announcers

This is a list of notable American public address announcers.

Chic Anderson – horse racing (best known for work at Belmont Park)

Alex Anthony – New York Jets and New York Mets

Pete Arbogast – Los Angeles Dodgers

Michael Baiamonte – Miami Heat

Dan Baker – Philadelphia Phillies

Rex Barney – Baltimore Orioles

Carl Beane – Boston Red Sox

Bruce Binkowski – San Diego Chargers, San Diego Clippers, San Diego Padres, and San Diego State Aztecs

Renel Brooks-Moon – San Francisco Giants

Charlie Brotman – U.S. presidential inauguration parades, Washington Senators, Washington Nationals

Michael Buffer – boxing

Dick Callahan – Oakland Athletics, and Saint Mary's College of California

Mike Carlucci – Los Angeles Dodgers, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Summer Olympics Baseball & Winter Olympics hockey

Tom Carnegie – Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana high school basketball

Joshua Carroll – University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas high school basketball, football, baseball, track & field

Bob Casey – Minnesota Twins

Tony Chimel – World Wrestling Entertainment

Michael Clapper – Washington Mystics

Ray Clay – Chicago Bulls Chicago Sky

Jody Dean – Dallas Cowboys

Sean Valley - Inglemoor Vikings, prev Lake Washington, Bothell, Redmond.

David Diamante – boxing

Sergeant Major Michael R. Dudley – United States Presidential Inaugural Swearing-in Ceremonies, Department of Defense, Military District of Washington, The United States Army Band (Pershing's Own), Boston Pops Orchestra

Mike "The Duke" Donegan – Tennessee Titans

J. Fred Duckett – Houston Astros

Tom Durkin – horse racing

Frank Fallon – NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship

Sherm Feller – Boston Red Sox

Howard Finkel – World Wrestling Entertainment

Bob Ford – Houston Astros, University of Houston football

Paul Friedman – Chicago Cubs

Lilian Garcia – World Wrestling Entertainment

Phil Georgeff – horse racing

Marty Glickman – (sports announcer)

Halsey Hall – Minnesota Twins

Jim Hall – New York Giants football team, New York Yankees

Kevin Heilbronner – Greensboro Swarm

Gene Honda – Chicago White Sox, Chicago Blackhawks, DePaul University, NCAA Final Four, and Chicago PBS WTTW

Byron Hudtloff – Washington Valor, George Washington University Men's Basketball

Tom Hutyler – Seattle Mariners

Dwight Isenhoward - Winston Salem Dash, Catawba Indians, Elkin Buckin Elks

Andy Jick – Boston Celtics

Dave Johnson – horse racing

Wes Johnson – Washington Capitals

Stan Kelly – San Antonio Spurs

Sam Lagana – Los Angeles Rams

Jimmy Lennon, Jr. – boxing

Todd Leitz – Los Angeles Dodgers

Budd Lynch – Detroit Red Wings

John Magrino – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL International Series, College Football Playoff National Championship, Orange Bowl, Outback Bowl

John Mason – Detroit Pistons

Dave McHugh – Baltimore Brigade

Bill Melton - Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowls VI, VIII and IX; 1996 Olympic Soccer; Texas Rangers; Cotton Bowl Classic; Texas Relays; SMU Football and Basketball; 1994 Men's World Cup Soccer; 2003 Women's World Cup Soccer; 2002 FIBA World Basketball Championships; Dallas Chaparrals Basketball; 2001 and 2005 Presidential Inaugural Parade and Ceremonies

Wayne Messmer – Chicago Cubs

Joel Meyers – St. Louis Cardinals

Paul Morris – Toronto Maple Leafs

Nick Nickson – Los Angeles Dodgers

Lou Nolan – Philadelphia Flyers

Paul Olden – New York Yankees

Eddie Palladino – Boston Celtics

Shawn Parker – Minnesota Timberwolves

Pat Pieper – Chicago Cubs

Ryan Pritt – Cleveland Indians

John Ramsey – Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Angels, USC Trojans

Andy Redmond – Frederick Keys

Eric Smith – Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Dodgers

Alan Roach – Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids, Minnesota Vikings, Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, NFL International Series, Olympic Hockey, Olympic Boxing

Dan Roberts – Utah Jazz

Justin Roberts – World Wrestling Entertainment

Stu Schwartz (aka Stuntman Stu) – Ottawa Senators

Olivier Sedra – Brooklyn Nets

Bob Sheppard – New York Yankees, New York Giants

Jeff Shreve – Cleveland Browns – University of Akron, Canton Charge, Mid-American Conference

Lawrence Tanter – Los Angeles Lakers

Mike Walczewski – New York Knicks

William Watson – IIHF, MLRH – Ice and Inline hockey.

Ralph Wesley – Washington Wizards

Joe Wowk – Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Dave Zinkoff – Philadelphia 76ers

List of Chicago White Sox award winners and league leaders

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Chicago White Sox professional baseball team.

Morris Nettles

Morris Nettles (January 26, 1952 – January 24, 2017) was a Major League Baseball outfielder who played two seasons with the California Angels in the mid-1970s.

Nettles was drafted by the Angels in the second round of the 1970 Major League Baseball Draft out of Venice High School in Los Angeles, California. A speedy runner with good range in the outfield, he batted over .300 in the Angels' farm system to earn a roster spot with the Angels coming out of Spring training 1974. He was demoted back to the triple A Salt Lake City Angels at the end of May with a .222 batting average, three extra base hits, seven runs scored and one stolen base.

Nettles batted .328 with 26 stolen bases and 69 runs scored for Salt Lake City to earn a second chance with the big league club. He made the most of his second chance, batting .292 with nineteen stolen bases and scoring twenty runs at the top of the Angels' batting order.

Nettles was handed the centerfield job heading into the 1975 campaign, but lost it to Mickey Rivers a month into the season. Playing one of the corner outfield positions and occasionally filling in for Rivers in center the rest of the way, Nettles batted .231 with fifty runs scored. He stole 22 bases, but was caught fifteen times. On December 11, 1975, he and Jim Spencer were traded to the Chicago White Sox for Steve Dunning and Bill Melton.Nettles was one of many young outfielders competing for the White Sox's centerfield job in Spring training 1976. With Chet Lemon eventually named the Chisox's centerfielder, Nettles split the season between the Toledo Mud Hens and Iowa Oaks, batting a combined .232 in his final professional season.

Nettles died from complications of pancreatic cancer on January 24, 2017.

William Melton (disambiguation)

William Melton (died 1340) was archbishop of York.

William Melton may also refer to:

William Melton (clergyman) (died 1528), tutor of John Fisher in Cambridge

William Melton of Aston and Kyllon, MP for Yorkshire (UK Parliament constituency)

Bill Melton (born 1945), US baseball player

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are a minor league baseball team of the Midwest League, and the Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The team is located in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, right outside of Appleton in the Fox Cities. They are named for the timber rattlesnake, which oddly enough is not indigenous to the area. The team plays its home games at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium, which opened in 1995 and seats 5,170 fans (plus grass seating). The Timber Rattlers have won nine league championships, most recently in 2012. World Series-winning Managers Earl Weaver and Jack McKeon were Managers at Appleton. Baseball Hall of Fame members Pat Gillick, Earl Weaver, and Goose Gossage played for Appleton. Five future Cy Young Award winners and three Most Valuable Player recipients were on Appleton/Wisconsin rosters. The 1978 Appleton Foxes were recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time.

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