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December 03, 1941

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS, Michigan, December 3, 1941

* Mel Ott named player - manager (1st report)
* New York Giants
* MLB baseball

This 30 page newspaper has a three column headline on page 20: "Ott Named Pilot" with short text and related photo on page 22. (see)

Other news of the day throughout. Light browning with little margin wear, otherwise good.

wikipedia notes:
Melvin Thomas "Mel" Ott (March 2, 1909 – November 21, 1958), nicknamed "Master Melvin", was a Major League Baseball right fielder who played his entire career for the New York Giants (1926-1947). Ott was born in Gretna, Louisiana. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. The first National League player to surpass 500 home runs, he was unusually slight of stature for a power hitter, at 5'9" 170 lb (77 kg).

He managed the Giants for seven years between 1942 and 1948. The Giants best finish during that time was in third place in 1942. It was in reference to Ott's supposedly easy-going managing style that then-Dodgers manager Leo Durocher made the oft-quoted and somewhat out-of-context comment, "Nice guys finish last!"

Category: The 20th Century