Top home run hitters in Chicago White Sox history

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Frank Thomas #35 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Oakland Athletics during an Major League Baseball game circa 1992 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. Thomas played for the White Sox from 1990 - 05. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Frank Thomas #35 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Oakland Athletics during an Major League Baseball game circa 1992 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. Thomas played for the White Sox from 1990 - 05. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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Bill Melton, White Sox All-Time Home Run Hitters
Bill Melton #14 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the New York Yankees during an Major League Baseball game circa 1970 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Melton played for the White Sox from 1968-75. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /

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.

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