Rube Melton

An independent, 6’5″ country boy, Melton jumped the Cardinals organization and played two years of semi-pro ball before being reinstated in 1940. When St. Louis forgot to protect him in the draft, he was plucked by the Phillies. He led NL pitchers in bases on balls in 1942, when he went 9-20. He was a cousin of Cliff Melton.