Oscar Melillo - 1934 Goudey

Oscar Donald “Ski” Melillo (August 4, 1899 - November 14, 1963) hit for the cycle on May 23, 1929 and handled 971 chances at second base without committing a single error in 1930. Melillo suffered from Bright’s Disease (an often fatal kidney inflammation), but he was able to maintain a doctor prescribed diet of nothing but spinach to overcome the disease. The first incarnation of comic strip icon Popeye the Sailor can possibly be credited to Melillo’s malady and unusual diet as his creator, E.C. Segar, hailed from Chester, Illinois, a small town just south of St. Louis where Melillo played for 10 seasons. Ski played his entire career in the American League, primarily at second base, with the St. Louis Browns (1926-1935) and the Boston Red Sox (1935-1937). His best season came in 1931 when he hit .306 with 189 hits including 11 triples, scored 88 runs and drove in 75 over the course of 151 games. Oscar “Ski” Melillo finished his playing career with a .260 career batting average, 1,316 hits, 590 runs and 548 RBI in 12 years. He managed for a brief stint going 2-7 with the 1938 Browns, but then served as a coach for many years with the Indians, Red Sox and Athletics.



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1 NM-MT 8 (19)

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