Mel Ott Signed Vintage Photograph.. Though Leo ...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionMel Ott Signed Vintage Photograph.
Though Leo Durocher's famous quip, "Nice guys finish last" is most commonly attributed to a conversation regarding the universally beloved Ott's struggles as the Giants manager in the final seasons of his Big League career, few players in baseball history were as consistently successful as Mel Ott during his playing prime. On the short list of his most impressive accomplishments, Ott finished first in team rankings for home runs eighteen consecutive seasons (1928-45), the only man in baseball history to build a streak of that length in any of the Triple Crown categories. The youngest player to reach 100 home runs, and the first National Leaguer to reach 500, Ott wore the Senior Circuit career home run crown for three decades until another giant by the name of Mays snatched it from his head in 1965.
Unusually small in stature for a power hitter, and utilizing a bizarre high-stepping batting style that would give a modern-day batting instructor fits, the native Louisianan was an unlikely candidate to rewrite the National League record books, a fact that made him all the more popular amid a Big Apple fanbase flustered by the dominance of the Giants' pinstriped neighbors. In Ott, the Polo Grounds faithful found their champion.
This 8x10" vintage photograph shows moderate wear throughout with some heavier creasing around the edges and on the right half. Small tear 2.5" down the right edge. Ott has signed in black steel tip just to the left of his cap, some fading and streaking evident. Reverse is blank aside from an illegible marking in graphite. Pre-Certified
Guide Value or Estimate: $600 - up.
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