On This Day

Mel Ott

Profession: Baseball Player and Manager

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: 12 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1933; 6 × NL home run leader ; NY Giants

Born: March 2, 1909
Birthplace: Gretna, Louisiana, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: November 21, 1958 (aged 49)
Cause of Death: Injuries sustained in an automobile accident

Historical Events

  • 1926-04-27 In the Giants' 9-8 win over Phillies, Mel Ott, 17, 1st appearance
  • 1927-07-27 Mel Ott, 18, hits his 1st league home run (inside the park)
  • 1929-06-22 Mel Ott (Giants) homers off Leo Sweetland (Phillies) in doubleheader
  • 1934-08-04 Giants outfielder Mel Ott becomes first player in MLB history to score 6 runs in a game as New York beats Phillies, 21-4
  • 1941-06-01 Future Hall of Fame outfielder Mel Ott hits his 400th career HR and his 1,500th RBI to help New York Giants to a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds
  • 1941-12-02 New York Giants name Mel Ott as player-manager; replaces another future Baseball Hall of Famer Bill Terry, who heads Giants' farm system
  • 1944-04-30 NY Giant, Mel Ott scores 6 runs in 1 game drawing 5 walks for 4th time
  • 1945-08-01 NY Giants outfielder Mel Ott hits historic 500th MLB home run off Braves Johnny Hutchings, joins Babe Ruth & Jimmy Foxx as only players to reach milestone
  • 1946-04-16 Mel Ott playing in right field for NY Giants hits his 511th and final MLB home run in 8-4 Opening Day win over Philadelphia Phillies
  • 1946-05-26 2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball
  • 1946-06-09 New York Giant Mel Ott becomes first manager in MLB history to be ejected from both games of a doubleheader; Giants lose both games to Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1948-07-16 MLB manager merry-go-round: Philadelphia Phillies - Ben Chapman out / Eddie Sawyer in; NY Giants - Mel Ott out / Leo Durocher in; Brooklyn Dodgers - Durocher out / Burt Shotton in
  • 1951-01-26 Mel Ott & Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1954-09-14 Giants' Willie Mays gets 82nd extra-base hit, breaks Mel Ott's record

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