As a player, he hit .267 over 1,046 games. He led the AL with 36 doubles in 1951. He drove 331 runs over a 4-year period.
In 1965, Mele led the Minnesota Twins to the World Series.
The Twins lost a tough 7-game series to the LA Dodgers. Mele had some good seasons with the Twins, coming in second a couple of times before winning the AL pennant.
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