Ott’s batting eye helps him tie his own record
And when it came to scoring runs in bunches, Ott was unsurpassed.
On April 30, 1944, Ott scored six times in the first game of a doubleheader against the Dodgers, tying his own big league record for runs in a game set in 1934. In front of a Sunday crowd of 58,068 at the Polo Grounds, Ott – hitting out of the No. 3 hole and playing right field – notched two singles and walked five times, scoring in the first, second, third, fourth, sixth and eighth innings.
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None of those players, however, drew more than one walk in their record-tying games.
Ott’s days as a regular player ended following the 1945 season, though he remained an occasional pinch hitter in 1946 and 1947. He managed the Giants into the 1948 season, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1951 following a 22-year playing career that produced 511 home runs, 1,860 RBI, 1,859 runs scored and 1,708 walks.
Ott passed away on Nov. 21, 1958, due to injuries sustained in a car accident.
“As a ballplayer, he was one of the great ones,” teammate Carl Hubbell told the Associated Press when Ott passed away. “I have seen few compare to him.”
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum