Hall of Fame Inductee - Scott Melvin

True desire and talent are key ingredients for success. Scott Melvin, a 1981 graduate, did the math and understood the equation. And because of that he's in the Quincy High Sports Hall of Fame. While at Quincy High, Melvin excelled in both soccer and baseball, earning a total of six varsity letters. He furthered his education at Bradley University, where he was a mainstay on the diamond for four consecutive seasons. At Bradley, Melvin set six individual single season records, three of which still stand. He was named as Bradley's Most Valuable Player on two occasions was selected as a member of the NCAA All-Midwest District team and was honored in 1988 by being inducted into the Bradley Sports Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Thought to be "too slow" and "lacking a true position" by major league scouts, Melvin was not chosen by a major league team in the amateur draft. A burning desire to play enabled Melvin to overcome the disappointment. He looked for opportunity and wound up playing professional baseball for seven years. Melvin began his professional career in 1985 as a member of the Salt Lake City Trappers and two years later signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals. He compiled a career batting mark of .290 and through the years was recognized for his great desire and knowledge of the game. Melvin advanced as high as double A before being hired as a coach in the St. Louis Cardinal system in 1992.

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