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Ed Ott
Born: July 11, 1951 (1951-07-11) (age 58)
Muncy, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
June 10, 1974 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1981 for the California Angels
Career statistics
Batting average     .259
Home runs     33
Runs batted in     195
Career highlights and awards

Nathan Edward Ott (born July 11, 1951 in Muncy, Pennsylvania) is a former professional baseball catcher.

Ott -- who is unrelated to Hall of Famer Mel Ott -- was a catcher over parts of eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and California Angels, and a member of the 1979 World Series champion Pirates. For his career, he compiled .259 batting average, 33 home runs and 195 runs batted in in 567 games. Known as a tough, no-nonsense player, Ott was a former wrestler who was not afraid to use those skills on a baseball diamond. In an August 12, 1977, game against the New York Mets, Ott slid hard into Mets' second baseman Felix Mill√°n trying to break up a double play. Mill√°n shouted at Ott and hit him with a baseball in his hand, and Ott answered by slamming him hard to the turf at Three Rivers Stadium, severely injuring his shoulder and essentially forcing him into retirement.

Ott was later a coach in Houston, where he is fondly remembered for his role in an on-field altercation against the Cincinnati Reds. In 1991, Reds reliever Rob Dibble (part of the Reds "nasty boys" bullpen) ignited a brawl when he threw a pitch behind the back of the Astros' Eric Yelding late in the game of a 4-1 Reds loss. A melee ensued and the 6'4" 230 lb. Dibble wound up on the bottom of a pile with the relatively diminutive Ott having put Dibble in such a choke hold that Dibble's face turned blue.

Ott was named manager of the Sussex Skyhawks of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball for the 2010 season.

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He currently resides in Forest, Virginia



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