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Full Name: Melvin Thomas Ott Primary Position: OF
Height/Weight: 5' 9"/170 First Game: April 27, 1926
Birthdate: March 2, 1909 Final Game: July 11, 1947
Birthplace: Gretna, Louisiana MLB Experience: 21 years
Died: November 21, 1958
Deathplace: New Orleans, Louisiana
Bat/Throw: Left/Right


Biography

Mel Ott (Melvin Thomas Ott) was born on March 2, 1909 in Gretna, Louisiana. He made his Major League debut on April 27, 1926 for the New York Giants. In 1927, his rookie year, he hit .282 with 1 home run and 19 RBI. Ott played for the New York Giants for his entire 21 year career.

Most people believe that Mel Ott's best season was 1929, when he slugged 42 home runs, hit for a .328 average and knocked in 151 runs.

  • Ott was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1951.
  • He led the National League in home runs 6 times: 1932, 1934, 1936-38, 1942.
  • Was the first NL player to reach the 500 home run mark.
  • Was the all-time National League leader in home runs (511) from 1937 until 1966 when Willie Mays passed him.
  • Twice scored 6 runs in a single game (8/4/29 and 4/30/44).
  • First National Leaguer to drive in 100 runs in 8 straight seasons.
  • Served as Manager of the New York Giants from 1942-1948.

All-Time MLB Ranks

  • Home Runs - 21st (511)
  • Runs Scored - 15th (1859)
  • RBIs - 11th (1860)
  • Total Bases - 17th (5041)

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1926 NY N 35 60 7 23 0 4 .383 .393 .417 2 0 1 9 0 0 1 0 0
1927 NY N 82 163 23 46 1 19 .282 .335 .380 7 3 13 9 0 4 2 0 0
1928 NY N 124 435 69 140 18 77 .322 .397 .524 26 4 52 36 2 10 3 0 0
1929 NY N 150 545 138 179 42 151 .328 .449 .635 37 2 113 38 6 10 6 0 0
1930 NY N 148 521 122 182 25 119 .349 .458 .578 34 5 103 35 2 20 9 0 0
1931 NY N 138 497 104 145 29 115 .292 .392 .545 23 8 80 44 2 1 10 0 0
1932 NY N 154 566 119 180 38 123 .318 .424 .601 30 8 100 39 4 3 6 0 0
1933 NY N 152 580 98 164 23 103 .283 .367 .467 36 1 75 48 2 4 1 0 10
1934 NY N 153 582 119 190 35 135 .326 .415 .591 29 10 85 43 3 1 0 0 10
1935 NY N 152 593 113 191 31 114 .322 .407 .555 33 6 82 58 3 5 7 0 4
1936 NY N 150 534 120 175 33 135 .328 .448 .588 28 6 111 41 5 10 6 0 8
1937 NY N 151 545 99 160 31 95 .294 .408 .523 28 2 102 69 3 4 7 0 4
1938 NY N 150 527 116 164 36 116 .311 .442 .583 23 6 118 47 5 2 2 0 8
1939 NY N 125 396 85 122 27 80 .308 .449 .581 23 2 100 50 1 11 2 0 5
1940 NY N 151 536 89 155 19 79 .289 .407 .457 27 3 100 50 6 5 6 0 9
1941 NY N 148 525 89 150 27 90 .286 .403 .495 29 0 100 68 3 6 5 0 2
1942 NY N 152 549 118 162 30 93 .295 .415 .497 21 0 109 61 3 3 6 0 8
1943 NY N 125 380 65 89 18 47 .234 .391 .418 12 2 95 48 3 4 7 0 4
1944 NY N 120 399 91 115 26 82 .288 .423 .544 16 4 90 47 3 2 2 0 3
1945 NY N 135 451 73 139 21 79 .308 .411 .499 23 0 71 41 8 2 1 0 6
1946 NY N 31 68 2 5 1 4 .074 .171 .132 1 0 8 15 0 2 0 0 1
1947 NY N 4 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2730 9456 1859 2876 511 1860 .304 .414 .533 488 72 1708 896 64 109 89 0 82

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1926 NY N OF 10 0 0 18 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .913
1927 NY N OF 32 0 0 52 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1928 NY N 3B 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1928 NY N OF 115 0 0 214 14 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 .970
1928 NY N 2B 5 0 0 14 13 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 .964
1929 NY N OF 149 0 0 335 26 10 12 0 0 0 0 0 .973
1929 NY N 2B 1 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .833
1930 NY N OF 146 0 0 320 23 11 6 0 0 0 0 0 .969
1931 NY N OF 137 0 0 332 20 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1932 NY N OF 154 0 0 347 11 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1933 NY N OF 152 0 0 283 12 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1934 NY N OF 153 0 0 286 12 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 .974
1935 NY N 3B 15 0 0 19 25 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 .936
1935 NY N OF 137 0 0 285 17 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1936 NY N OF 148 0 0 250 20 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1937 NY N 3B 60 0 0 42 113 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 .939
1937 NY N OF 91 0 0 156 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1938 NY N 3B 113 0 0 98 238 15 14 0 0 0 0 0 .957
1938 NY N OF 37 0 0 65 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1939 NY N OF 96 0 0 175 6 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .973
1939 NY N 3B 20 0 0 15 39 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 .900
1940 NY N 3B 42 0 0 30 83 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 .934
1940 NY N OF 111 0 0 210 9 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1941 NY N OF 145 0 0 256 19 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 .968
1942 NY N OF 152 0 0 269 15 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1943 NY N OF 111 0 0 219 12 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .975
1943 NY N 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1944 NY N OF 103 0 0 199 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1944 NY N 3B 4 0 0 1 13 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .778
1945 NY N OF 118 0 0 217 11 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1946 NY N OF 16 0 0 23 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total OF 2313 0 0 4511 256 98 60 0 0 0 0 0 .980
Total 2B 6 0 0 18 14 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 .941
Total 3B 256 0 0 205 513 46 34 0 0 0 0 0 .940

Transactions

  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by New York Giants (January, 1926).
  • Released by New York Giants (September 15, 1947).

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