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Mel Queen
Mel Queen 1951.jpg
Pitcher
Born: (1918-03-04)March 4, 1918
Maxwell, Pennsylvania
Died: April 4, 1982(1982-04-04) (aged 64)
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 1942, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
May 1, 1952, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record27–40
Earned run average5.09
Strikeouts328
Teams

Melvin Joseph Queen (March 4, 1918 – April 4, 1982) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1942 through 1952, he played for the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates. Born in Maxwell, Pennsylvania, he batted and threw right-handed.

In an eight-season career, Queen posted a 27–40 record with 328 strikeouts and a 5.09 ERA in 55623 innings pitched. His best season was in 1951 when he led the National League pitchers with a 6.58 SO/9 (123 SO in 16813 IP).

On August 27, 1951, Queen became a notable footnote in baseball history when he was thrown out by two feet at first base by strong-armed Brooklyn Dodger outfielder Carl Furillo after Queen had apparently singled into right field.

His son, Melvin Douglas Queen, was an MLB outfielder-turned-pitcher who played with the Reds and Angels and also coached and managed for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Queen died in Fort Smith, Arkansas, at the age of 64.

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