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1950s / Mel Ott Fatal Car Crash
On November 14, 1958 baseball Hall-of-Famer Mel Ott and his wife were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. (The car in the photo was Ott's.) According to news reports, Ott, the former New York Giants slugger, pulled onto a fog-shrouded road and was struck by an oncoming vehicle whose 50-year-old driver died at the scene. A week later Ott died in a New Orleans hospital from his numerous injuries. He was just 49. Two other New York Giants' Hall-of-Famers, Frankie Frisch and Carl Hubbell, also died in similar car accidents. Hubbell died exactly 30 years to the day after Ott's death!