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On the Lighter Side: Late baseball legend Mel Ott had Louisiana roots

I will go on record to say that Mel Ott was the greatest athlete ever to come out of Louisiana. Known for his unusual but powerful high-leg-kick batting stance, Ott distinguished himself with the New York Giants for 22 seasons. Ott was the first National League player to hit 500 home runs, and he led the league in homers six times.
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Rare Mel Ott game-used jersey up for auction by Leland’s

Mel Ott, former major league player and native of Gretna, is widely appreciated as the best ballplayer to come out of the New Orleans area. He was 16 years old when he signed his first professional baseball contract in 1926 with the New York Giants for a bonus of $400. He went on to play 22 seasons in the majors. Now, one of the jerseys worn by Ott with the Giants in 1931 is being auctioned by Lelands, a leading sports auction house. The starting bid is $100,000.
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