Mel Ott - TCMA Baseball Card - Baseball HIstory
Ott was the heart of the great Giants' pennant winning and championship teams in the 1920's and 1930's. Mel Ott put up some bone-crunching numbers - 1929 at age 20, he hit .328, belted 42 home runs, scored 138, drove in 151 and led the league in walks 113. Mel Ott led the league in homers six times and slugged 511 lifetime homers; which was a record for a national leaguer. Pitchers fearful of Ott's power threw him nothing to hit. He led the league in walks ten times, still a NL record. He is second on the all-time NL list for career walks. Hall of Famer Mel Ott was an outstanding fielding rightfielder, one of the best of his time, he covered a lot of ground and had a great throwing arm. Playing in the outfield he averaged in his career, 17 assists a year. Ott still holds the major league record for outfielders - starting 12 double play in one year. Ott was one of the best all-around players in baseball history. A great fielder and great hitter!