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.