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The Boss
07-15-2011, 00:30
I heard Mike Francesa say a few months back that Mel Hall turned out to be a real bad guy when talked about how he would badger Bernie Williams back in his rookie season, so I decided to look into this for some reason tonight. I expected to find out Mel Hall had a DUI or maybe hurt someone in a bar fight, something like that. What I found was much worse. This isnt new news, but it was new to me.

The following is a quote from Bronx Banter (http://bronxbanter.baseballtoaster.com/archives/594405.html)

Bob Wickman initially derided Rivera as a one-trick pitcher who the league would quickly solve. Not exactly mentor material, but he was no Mel Hall. Birth of a Dynasty gives us the fullest account yet of how Mel from Hell tormented the young Bernie Williams:

Hall taped "Mr. Zero" to the top of Williams's locker to signify that he meant nothing to the team. One day Hall nearly brought Williams to tears by saying, "Zero, shut up," every time Williams tried to speak. The more Williams tried, the louder Hall interrupted with repetitive chants of "Zero."
Bernie Williams: five all star games, four gold gloves, one batting title, and four championships; Mel Hall: zero. Luckily for us, Williams got to grow into the job.

From that little bit of info you get the idea that Mel Hall clearly a mean spirited person to say the least. The above details are the good part of Mel Halls legacy in comparison to the rest. The following quote is from NY Daily News and is entitled "One-time Yankee slugger Mel Hall gets 45 years in jail for raping 12-year-old". (http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-06-18/news/17925505_1_girls-eyes-verdict-mel-hall) Here is the story;

He spent four years as a New York Yankee, now he's doing 45 years for raping a child.

A Texas jury sentenced Mel Hall, 48, to more than four decades in prison after he was convicted in the rape of a 12-year-old girl, a member of a basketball team he coached.

The jury deliberated for only an hour on the sentencing and 90 minutes to convict him. Hall won't be eligible for parole for 22 1/2 years, according to the Associated Press.

"We believe that the verdict does on some level show that the jury understood," said prosecutor Kim D'Avignon. "They looked in these girls' eyes and said this is worth 40 years and we agree with them."

His defense attorney, however, believed the verdict was harsh. "For all the good this man has done in his life, it seems like this was an excessive verdict," stated defense attorney Brady Wyatt.

During the trial this week, witnesses testified Hall was impressed with the 12-year-old girl's talent and wanted to start a basketball team. The woman testified that Hall exposed himself to her and her younger brother at home, when their parents were away.

His interaction with the girl progressed to inappropriate touching and him showing her how to perform oral sex, she testified. She said he also showed her pornographic movies at an apartment Hall shared with his girlfriend and their infant son.

"I trusted him," the woman testified. "I honestly had no idea anything was inappropriate at the time. I looked up to him. I just thought this is how normal people act."

Hall's 13-year major league career ended in 1996. He hit .276 with 134 home runs and 620 RBIs in a career that included stints with the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Yankees and San Francisco Giants. He also played four years in Japan.

Here is another similar story from ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4267746)

I realize this is not breaking news, but I had no idea of Mel Halls disgusting life and conviction until today. All I thought of when I heard the name was the big lefty bat (which apparently isn't accurate judging his career stats) for the Yanks back in my younger days as a fan.. but this has to be close the one of the biggest degenerate athelete stories. The best thing Mel Hall can do for this world now is die soon and save of all the money it takes to house him.

07-15-2011, 00:36
Great post, I never realized he was such an A$$

Pure Gold
07-15-2011, 09:59
I heard about how bad Mel was during Mike's show. This is pretty terrible for him or anyone else to end up doing such horrible things. Very sad stuff

The Boss
07-16-2011, 22:51
It's crazy to think that people you are watching on this team right now will either kill someone, or be strung out on something, or in jail for rape probably in no more then a few years from now. Its really just a question of which ones