Thursday, March 02, 2006
Mel Ott Born
Ott was nicknamed "Master Melvin" which might be the single dorkiest nickname ever bestowed upon a truly great player. Actually, having thought about that some, it was the single dorkiest nickname ever bestowed upon a truly great player. "Master Melvin" sounds like the kind of nickname a guy who does really well in the Math League would give himself.
Ott is a quarter of the answer to something that is, for no particular reason, one of my favorite questions of all time: who are the four players with four letters or less in their name and five hundred or more home runs? The answer is written below in white text, so if you highlight the next paragraph with your mouse, it should be revealed.
Answer: Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660), and Jimmie Foxx (534).