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    The Giants superstar leads the National League in homers and RBI's!

    1934 Mel Ott Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8.5.

    Nice guys finish last.

    Well, not always. Though Leo Durocher's famous quip 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 before fellow Giant Willie Mays claimed the title.

    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.

    The 1934 stat line to which this signature model Hillerich & Bradsby lent its service finds the bold print of National League superiority for both home runs (35) and runs batted in (135), the only season in which Ott would capture two of the three Triple Crown categories. Game use is characterized by the experts at PSA/DNA as "outstanding," referencing a multitude of ball marks, barrel scoring, two colors of rack streaks, a repaired handle crack and a small knob chip.

    The thirty-four inch (34") length and thirty-two and a half ounce (32.5 oz.) weight are consistent with Ott's 1934 ordering records, a date determined by the unique center branding format. A spectacular example of what may be the toughest of all 500 Home Run Club gamers. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.5.


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