All of Harry Danning’s ten seasons in the Major Leagues were spent with the New York Giants as a teammate of Mel Ott. In this pair of handwritten letters, Danning offers his recollections of Ott.
“Mell Ott was one of the finest men that has been my privilege to meet and know in my lifetime — he was a great ball player.”
From 1933-1942 when the two were teammates, Ott made 9 all star games. He averaged 29 homers and 104 RBI, a 159 OPS+, and a slash line of .304/.415/.533.
For his 22-year career, Ott hit .304 slugged 512 homers, drove in 1,860 runs.
In content worth reading, Danning goes on in both letters about what an outstanding person and player Ott was. Danning shows up in every list of the top-20 Jewish in Major League History.
I am in receipt of a letter offering Harry Dannings reflections on his earlier days. The letter had been written between 2002 and 2004.
I am excited to have received it.