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Sam Mele (1922 - 2017)

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Sam Mele (1922 - 2017)

Sam Mele, the former Major League Baseball player and manager who led the Minnesota Twins to their first American League championship in 1965, died Monday, May 1, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 95.

He died at his home in Quincy, Massachusetts.

The Twins went 102-60 when they went to the World Series in 1965. Minnesota, however, lost Game 7 of the Series to Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Sabath Anthony Mele was born Jan. 21, 1922, in Astoria, New York. He debuted April 15, 1947, as an outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. He mainly played right field.

Mele, a Marine Corps veteran, also played for the Washington Senators, the Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, the Cincinnati Redlegs, and the Cleveland Indians.

He had a career batting average of .267 with 80 home runs in 1,046 games.

After retiring as a big league player, Mele served as a scout and a big league coach for the Senators and a fill-in coach later when the franchise moved to Minnesota and became the Twins. He managed the Twins from 1961 to 1967.

Mele's record as a manager was 524–436 (.546). From 1967 until 1994 when he retired, he returned to the Red Sox and served as a special assignments scout.

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