Mel Ott hit more home runs in the City of New York than any Major Leaguer in history. He slugged 511 homers in a Hall of Fame career that spanned 22 seasons, all as a New York Giant, all as a National Leaguer. The N.L. honors him to this day by bestowing on the senior circuit’s circuit clout leader the Mel Ott Award. You never hear about it, but as I delightedly discovered at FanFest in July, it really and truly exists.
Saturday night in the City of New York I witnessed David Newhan hit off John Maine his fifth National League home run ever. Having dolefully watched David Newhan display almost no power and, for that matter, almost no skills in his one season as a New York Met in 2007, I feel I have somehow let down the memory of Master Melvin.