NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The gear worn by baseball great Mel Ott, from Gretna, is up for grabs at the Lelands 2021 Fall Classic Auction, which ends December 11.
The 1931 New York Giants, worn by the game and photo-matched, headline the auction with what is considered the ‘holy grail’ of sporting collectibles – a ticket to the championship of the 2000 Playoff Contenders # 144 Tom Brady Autograph.
According to Lelands, “less than five jerseys worn by the Hall of Fame hitter and one of the greatest hitters in MLB history have survived the passage of time and have been offered for public sale.”
In 2017, a similar jersey from the 1945 season, in which Ott hit his 500th career home run, won a winning bid of $ 342,000. Ott, who died in 1958 of injuries sustained in a car crash in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, spent his entire 21-year career with the Giants after being drafted in 1925 when he was just 16. .
At the end of his career in 1948, Ott was leading the National League with 511 home runs. A year later, the Giants retired his No.4 jersey.
Still considered one of the friendliest players in baseball, former Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher coined the famous phrase “nice guys finish last” regarding Ott and his background Giants during the season. 46.