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    1941 Mel Ott Home Run #17 (Career #405) Baseball from The Bob Lorentz Collection. The Valley Daily News article addresses this ball specifically in a hilarious anecdote:

    "During one game, Mel Ott hit a home run ball into the stands and a scuffle for the ball ensued with Bob emerging with the prize. He told his brother about it after returning home. Next day, while his brother was at work, his boss told him how he nearly caught Mel Ott's home run ball the night before.

    'But,' said the boss angrily, 'some big so-and-so knocked me down and caught it!"

    Lorentz handwriting on the soiled and battered sphere reads, simply, "Mel Ott, Night Game, 1941, New York." Remarkably, the third member of the 500 Home Run Club launched only a single long ball during twelve games at Forbes Field that year, allowing us to identify the ball as Ott's seventeenth of the season on June 18, 1941, a second-inning solo shot off Pirates ace Max Butcher that would prove to be the 405th of Master Melvin's 511 career long balls. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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