Mel Ott

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Birthdate 3/2/1909
Death Date 11/21/1958
Debut Year 1926
Year of Induction 1951
Teams Giants
Position Right Field

Just 5’9″ and 170 pounds, Mel Ott was the premier slugger in the National League. When he retired he was the NL’s career home run king. 

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Handwritten letter on his personal letterhead

Handwritten letter on his personal letterhead

Mel Ott was the best National League home run hitter over the course of his 22 years with the New York Giants. Ott was the rare slugger who also produced a high on-base percentage — he led the NL in on-base percentage four times and finished with a .414 lifetime mark. In 1937 Ott broke Rogers
Teammate Harry Danning reflects on Met Ott's greatness

Teammate Harry Danning reflects on Met Ott's greatness

All of Harry Danning’s ten big league seasons 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 —
Autographed reprint of Harry Danning's 1940 Play Ball card

Autographed reprint of Harry Danning's 1940 Play Ball card

The New York Giants catcher from 1933-42, Harry Danning made five consecutive all star games from 1938-1941. Danning also received support in MVP voting in six seasons. Shown here is a reprint of Dannings 1940 Play Ball card. The catcher has signed it and added the inscription, “1939 NY Giants

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