White Sox all-time home run hitters – No. 9: Bill Melton
154 home runs from 1968-75
Bill Melton signed with the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent in 1964 after playing at Citrus College in southern California and made his debut for Chicago on May 4, 1968. The first of his 154 home runs with the club came in the top of the ninth inning off left-hander Fritz Peterson of the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 11, 1968, in a 7-2 loss.
In 1970, Melton became the first player in White Sox history to top the 30 home run plateau, clubbing 33, and followed that up with another 33-homer season in 1971, this time becoming Chicago’s first American League home run leader and earning his lone career All-Star berth.
Melton remained with the White Sox through the 1975 season, but never again reached those heights as a slugger, hitting seven in an injury-shortened 1972 campaign and following with 20, 21 and 15 respectively over his final three seasons.
In December 1975, Melton was traded to the California Angels in a four-player deal and was out of baseball after becoming a free agent in October 1977.