How much is Mel Ott worth?
|Net Worth:||$1.5 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Player|
|Date of Birth:||March 2, 1909|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Mel Ott
- Born: March 2, 1909
- Died: Nov. 21, 1958
- Hometown: Gretna, La.
- Height: 5-9
- Weight: 170 pounds
- Bats: Left
- Throws: Right
- Family: Wife, Mildred; daughters Barbara and Lyn
- Primary position: Right fielder
Before the bigs:
Played two games a week on his high school team and would then play other days on a semi-pro team. When he was 16, he joined a lumber company’s semi-pro team where he became a standout. The owner of the company convinced New York Giants manager John McGraw to give Ott a tryout in September of 1925.
- McGraw later gave Ott a $400 bonus but because he was only 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, he told Ott he would have switch positions from catcher to the outfield. McGraw elected to keep Ott close to him instead of sending him to the minor leagues for fear of having a manager there affect him in a negative way.
- When the Giants regular right fielder Ross Youngs died at age 30 of a kidney disease in November 1927, Ott took over as the starter the following season at age 19.
Played all 22 seasons of his major league career with the New York Giants. He is one of just six NL players to play more than 20 years with one team (Cap Anson, Stan Musial, Craig Biggio, Willie Stargell, Chipper Jones).
- Finished with career totals of 511 home runs, 1,860 RBIs, 1,850 runs, 2,876 hits, a .414 on-base percentage and a .533 slugging average.
- Despite his size (5-9, 170), he hit for power. He led the Giants in home runs for 18 consecutive seasons from 1928-1945 to establish a record that sti stands. No other player has ever led his team in a single Triple Crown category for that long.
- He became the youngest player to hit 100 home runs and was the first National League player to hit 500 career homers. He held the NL mark for most home runs (511) until he was passed by Willie Mays in 1966.
- Critics of Ott point out that 323 of his homers (63 percent) were hit at his home field of the Polo Grounds, which featured a short, 257-foot foul line. In 1943, all 18 of Ott’s home runs that season were hit at the Polo Grounds.
- Ott was also known for drawing walks. He drew five walks in a game three times. On Oct. 5, 1929, he set a National League record for most walks in a doubleheader with six. He matched that record 15 years later in 1944.Tied a major league record by drawing a walk in seven consecutive plate appearances (June 16-18, 1943). Ott led the National League in most walks six seasons (1929, 1931-33, 1937 and 1942).
- Was named to the National League All-Star team 12 consecutive seasons from 1934 to 1945.
- Is the youngest major league player to ever hit for the cycle, which he accomplished on May 16, 1929 as a 20-year-old.
- Was the first National League player and is one of just five players ever to record eight consecutive 100 RBI seasons (since joined by Mays, Sammy Sosa, Jones and Albert Pujols).
- Played in three World Series for the Giants (1933, ’36 and ’37). He led the Giants to the pennant in ’33, collecting four hits including a homer in Game 1 and driving in the winning run of the clinching Game 5 contest with a home run in the 10th inning.
In 1951, Ott was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, by earning 87 percent of the vote.
- The National League recognizes its annual home run champion with the Mel Ott Award.
- His No. 4 was retired by the Giants in 1949 and posted on the façade of the upper deck of AT&T Park in San Francisco, even though he never played there.
- Was manager of the Giants for seven seasons between 1942 and 1948. In July 1948, with the Giants in fourth place, Ott was fired and replaced by Leo Durocher, who had been manager of the city-rival Brooklyn Dodgers. The Giants’ best finish under Ott was third in 1942. He became the first manager to be ejected from both games of a doubleheader on June 9, 1946. However, it was Ott’s easygoing style as a manager that Durocher, while still manager for the Dodgers, issued his infamous line of “Nice guys finish last.”
- Following his managerial career, Ott took to the broadcast booth on the Mutual radio network in 1955. The next three seasons he joined Van Patrick in broadcasting Detroit Tigers games on radio and television.
- In 1958, Ott and his wife, Mildred, were involved in an automobile accident in New Orleans. His wife survived but Mel died a week later at age 49.
- In 1999, Ott was ranked No. 42 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players.
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