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Happy birthday to Mel Ott, the NL's first 500-homer man

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Mel Ott didn't look like a prototypical slugger -- he was only 5-foot-9 and 170 lbs -- but he certainly hit like one. The Louisianan played his entire career from 1926-47 for the New York Giants and led the NL in long balls six times. At the time of his retirement, he was the most prolific home run hitter in the Senior Circuit's history.

Ott has been honored with his No. 4 being retired by the Giants, induction into the Hall of Fame, and the NL's annual home run champion receiving the Mel Ott Award. He also had a very distinctive swing that included an exaggerated leg kick and bat dip, which can be seen in the video above. Happy 105th, Mel!


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