Mel OttBaseball Player, 1926-47
Gretna High School/New York Giants
- One of the inaugural members of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, the Gretna native is also a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame (elected in 1951 with 87 percent of the vote).
- Recognized as one of the top power-hitters of all-time, played his entire career with the New York Giants, finishing with 511 career long balls - the first national Leaguer to surpass the 500-mark.
- Also closed his career with a .304 batting average, 1,860 RBIs, 1,858 runs, 2,876 hits and 488 doubles.
- Led the National League in home runs six times and was the league's all-time leader in round trippers until Willie Mays passed him in 1966.
- A 12-time All-Star, also played in three World Series, leading the Giants to the title in 1933.
- His number "4" was retired by the Giants in 1949.
- Signed with the New York Giants as a 16-year old and made his major league debut at the age of 17, the youngest player in the majors at the time.
- Born March 2, 1909 and died Nov. 21, 1958 in an auto accident in New Orleans at the age of 49.