Often referred to as one of the most simplistic-looking autographs in the hobby, Ott’s signature remains the toughest of all the 500 Home Run Club members in this exclusive and desirable group. From his early career until about 1933, Ott often signed his full name "Melvin Ott," later shortening the first name in his signature to "Mel." Like many top sluggers, Ott had power in his pen, not just his bat, and his signature possessed an authority that is clear to the naked eye. Because single-signed baseballs are very tough to locate, they sell for noticeable premiums. Ott usually signed the side panel instead of the sweet spot, often adding a personalization. Despite being considered a relatively accommodating in-person and mail signer, Ott signatures remain in high demand today.
Mel Ott died at the age of 49 in 1958.
Melvin Thomas Ott (March 2, 1909 - November 21, 1958) was the quintessential home run hitter during the 1920s and 1930s for the New York Giants for 22 seasons (1926-1947) blasting 511 in 2,730 games. Ott was a 12-time All-Star, six-time National League home run king and member of the 1933 World Series champions. Ott combined sheer power with expert fielding skills (.974 fielding percentage) gaining the moniker Master Melvin. Mel began his career as a spry 17-year old and became one of the premier hitter in the National League. Ott’s prowess at the plate also earned him high walk numbers, leading the league six times in walks and retiring with 1,708 walks. Mel Ott finished his career with 2,876 hits, 1,860 runs, 511 home runs and a .304 career batting average. When he retired, he was the youngest player to hit 100 home runs and the first NL player to reach 500 home runs. Melvin Thomas Ott was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1951.
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