Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April 11

1970 Topps #518 - Bill Melton

On this day in 1969, the White Sox played the first MLB game in Seattle against the Pilots, who would move to Milwaukee and become the Brewers the next season.

The Pale Hose got their butts handed to them by the expansion team by the score of 7-0. There were no players that had a great offensive game for the Sox, but the man who had the most productive day would be Beltin' Bill Melton.

Bill smacked two doubles and had two walks on the day. He was stranded each time, which goes to show that this isn't a recent phenomenon, as some would have you believe. The White Sox would finish the 1969 season by winning sixty-eight games, which was good enough for fifth place, only four games above the last place Seattle Pilots.


White Sox April 11th birthdays: 

1875 - Ossee Schrecongost
1962 - Tim Fortugno
1984 - Alejandro De Aza


Jim from Downingtown said...

Melton played 34 games in 1968 and 157 in 1969, yet the Topps photographer couldn't make it to any of those games?

Johngy said...

Belting Bill will be at AU on Saturday April 28. I know it is a haul for you. If you want something signed, let me know.

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