Ott’s out … Musial’s In

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball

(July 25, 1962) At Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, Stan Musial today surpassed New York Giants legend Mel Ott as the National League’s all-time RBI leader.

Mel Ott

Mel Ott

Stan the Man’s two-run home run off Don Drysdale (18-4) gave the Cardinals’ outfielder 1,862 career runs batted in with the Redbirds, who lost to the Dodgers 5-2.

It was Musial’s 14th home run and 51st RBI on the season. He would finish the season – the next to last in his 22-year career – hitting a robust .330 with 19 home runs and 82 RBIs … not bad for age 41.

The home run that Drysdale surrendered to Musial was one of 21 he would serve up that season. Otherwise, 1962 turned out pretty well for Dandy Don. He finished the season at 25-9 with a 2.83 ERA and led the majors in games started (41) and innings pitched (314.1)

He also collected the Cy Young award that season.

Ott remains the Giants’ all-time leader in RBIs for a season (151 in 1929) and a career. His 1,860 RBIs are one ahead of Willie Mays.

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Willie Passes Mel

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball

(May 4, 1966) In today’s 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Candlestick Park, Willie Mays became the all-time National League home run leader.

It was Giant beating Giant, as Willie Mays hit his 512th career home run, making him the all-time National League home run leader. He broke the record of former Giant outfielder <a rel=

The San Francisco Giants center fielder stroked career home run number 512 off Dodger starter Claude Osteen. It was Mays’ seventh home run of the season. He would finish the 1966 season with 37 home runs and 103 RBIs.

As the new National League career home run leader, Mays surpassed another Giant, breaking the mark of 511 home runs held by Hall of Fame outfielder Mel Ott.

Ott played for the New York Giants from 1926 to 1947. He led the National League in home runs six times, and finished with a career batting average of .304.

Mel Ott led the National League in home runs six times during his 22-year major league career, all with the New York Giants.

Mel Ott led the National League in home runs six times during his 22-year major league career, all with the New York Giants.

Ott was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1951, the same year Willie Mays broke into the major leagues. Mays joined Ott in the Hall of Fame in 1979.

 

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