On This Day In Baseball History: April 16, 1946

Mel Ott

 

37-year old New York Giants player/manager Mel Ott hits his 511th and final career home run as New York beats Philadelphia 8-4 at the Polo Grounds where Ott his 63% of hit 511 homers. At the time of his retirement a year later Ott, who played in 35 games as a 17-year old in 1926, had 200 more homers than any other National Leaguer and was third on the career homers list behind only Babe Ruth (714) and Jimmie Foxx (534). Ott played all 22 of his big league season with the New York Giants.

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