Louisiana Salutes Native Son With Mel Ott Parkway Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 January 2008

While other baseball greats have statues, plagues and junior leagues named in their honor, only one, Mel Ott (511 career home runs), has a stretch of state highway bearing his name.  On October 7, 2004, the City of Gretna announced the dedication of portion of Louisiana 23 as MEL OTT PARKWAY as passed by Act 20 of the Louisiana Legislature. The portion of the highway bears memorial markers in honor of Gretna's native son and national baseball hero, "Mel Ott!"

Bronze Statue of McGwire Waits on Deck in Storage

A statue of Mark McGwire, one of 11 made to honor St. Louis Cardinals greats in various action poses, is under a canvas in the office of the sculptor Harry Weber.  The other 10 stand at the corner of Eighth and Clark Streets, where they form a symmetrical gantlet in front of the team store at Busch Stadium.  McGwire’s statue will be added to the elite group as soon as McGwire is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame or when his number is retired by the St. Louis ball club.  The current statues honor nine Cardinals who have been elected to Cooperstown, or have had their numbers retired by the club. The 10th is of the Negro leagues star Cool Papa Bell.  

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