Doug  Melvin (1952 – )

Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher
Year of Induction: 2000


This graduate of Chatham-Kent Secondary School excelled in all sports while in school and then went on to play professional baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirate and New York Yankee organizations. Doug is considered by many of his former coaches and fellow competitors to be the best all-round athlete ever to come out of Chatham.

Career Highlights
  • 1963-1972 – while growing up, Doug starred in 4 sports – was an all star goalie in hockey – played all star baseball for 9 years where he was a key member of teams that won 5 Ontario Baseball Association championships and he personally attracted attention of major league scouts – quarterbacked CKSS football teams to 1 junior championship and 1 senior championship which was the school’s only one for 25 years – was named all star quarterback in 1970  – was named an all star in basketball for 4 consecutive years – scored 55 points, which is still a record, in one game against Kingsville – was tournament all star for 3 years in Jaycee Blue and White Tournament – was named CKSS Athlete of the year in 1969 and was inducted into the CKSS James Dean Hall of Fame in 1973
  • 1972 – signed contract to play professional baseball in Pittsburgh Pirate organization – at Bradenton in Florida Rookie League – pitched in only 20 innings due to arm trouble
  • 1973 – Niagara Falls (A) – record 1-3 in 48 innings – released due to arm problems which also caused him to sit out the next season
  • 1975 – paid own expenses to go to New York Yankees training camp – signed contract – at Fort Lauderdale (A) – record 6-4 in 34 games with 1.62 ERA, 3rd best in league
  • 1976 at Fort Lauderdale – record 7-6 in 142 innings with 2.20 ERA, 5th best in league
  • 1977 – signed AAA contract – played at West Haven (AA) – record 8-2 in 140 innings with 3.30 ERA, 5th best in league
  • 1978 – at West Haven – record 8-2 – retired from active playing due to frustration over not advancing in Yankee organization
  • 1979 – went into administrative side of baseball and has risen to be a Vice President and General Manager of the Texas Rangers