Ott, Mel

Melvin Thomas Ott
Born: March 2, 1909, Gretna, Louisiana
Died: November 21, 1958, New Orleans, Louisiana
Played For: 
New York Giants (1926-1947)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1951

Mel Ott was a New York Giants hero for 22 seasons, during which he emerged as one of the game's leading sluggers and a fan favorite. As a 17-year-old boy wonder in 1926, his size belied his power. Using an unorthodox batting style in which he lifted his right foot prior to impact, he smashed 511 home runs (at the time a National League record), hitting 30 or more in a season eight times and winning or sharing home-run honors on six occasions.

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Did You Know: 
that on Oct. 5, 1929, Mel Ott set the National League record for most walks in a doubleheader with six, and then repeated the feat on April 30, 1944?
He is a standout with me. Ott is the best-looking young hitter in my time with the Giants.
John McGraw