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Event: 'MEL OTT LIFE-SIZED BRONZE DEDICATION'

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Date: Saturday, March 07, 2009 At 10:00 AM
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Contact: Virgie Ott, (504) 363-1580 (504) 367-5448 fax tourism@gretnala.com
Location: http://www.gretnala.com

MEL OTT LIFE-SIZED BRONZE DEDICATION
MEDIAN HUEY P. LONG AVENUE & FOURTH STREET
MARCH 7, 2009
10:00 A.M.

The City of Gretna will honor its most famous son, Mel Ott, with the dedication of a life-sized bronze statue in the heart of downtown historic Gretna, in the month he would have celebrated his 100th Birthday. Ott leaped to fame in 1926 after leaving high school baseball at age sixteen and joining the New York Giants, making him the youngest ever to become a major leaguer. He remained with the New York Giants his entire 22-season career.

In 1951, he was named to baseball’s “Hall of Fame” in Cooperstown, New York, for his many record-breaking accomplishments. He is best known for his unusual batting stance and 511 home runs, the National League record when he retired in 1948. He tallied a .304 lifetime batting average, played in eleven All-Star Games and three World Series. Baseball historians consistently note his gentle demeanor and politeness.

William Binnings, a nationally renowned sculptor, was commissioned to create the memorial bronze statue honoring Ott in recognition of his contributions to the game of baseball. Binnings received a master of fine arts from Ohio State University. His works are exhibited throughout the United States and Europe.

In 1985, Gretna’s old town was placed on the National Register of Historical Places. As one of Louisiana’s largest national historic register districts, the city prides itself on remembering its rich history and honoring its past greats. The life-sized statue will give visibility to our community pride and serve as an inspiration to our youth.

The unveiling and dedication will take place at 10:00 A.M. on March 7, 2009, at Huey P. Long Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown Gretna. The public is invited.