March 2, 1909, in Gretna, Louisiana
November 21, 1958, in
New Orleans, Louisiana
Melvin Thomas Ott
Major League Debut:
New York Giants
New York Giants (1942-1948)
Teams Played For:
New York Giants (1926-1947)
1933 World Series, 1936 World Series, 1937 World Series
All-Star (12): 1934-1945
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.
"He really just wanted to go about his business. I would put Eddie Murray in the same category as Andre Dawson. He would like to kid around with the press and (be surly), but he was a total professional. I see why he is a Hall of Famer. I am just glad I had the pleasure of playing for Eddie (Murray) for one year."
— Gary Carter
Did You Know?...
On October 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
Hall of Fame
Elected to Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers in 1951, Player
197 votes on 226 ballots 87.17%
Hall of Fame Teammate:
Home Run Milestone
1933 World Series 10th inning homer: http://youtu.be/tddCW_FdmnA
Retiring #4: http://m.mlb.com/video/v20089141/?query=mel%2Bott