On March 2, 1909, future Hall of Famer, Mel Ott is born in Gretna, Louisiana. Known as “Master Melvin,” Ott will make his major league debut with the New York Giants as a 17-year-old boy wonder 1926. He will quickly become a fan favorite. Using an unorthodox batting style in which he lifted his right foot prior to impact, Ott will hit 511 home runs with 1,860 RBI, 1859 runs, 2876 hits (1,071 extra-base hits) and a .304 batting average. Hitting 30 or more in a season eight times and winning or sharing home-run honors on six occasions. He will play all 22 seasons for the New York Giants and Ott will receive Hall of Fame honors in 1951.

 

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