On This Date 8/1/1945

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Mel Ott of the New York Giants becomes the third player to hit 500 career home runs. The milestone comes in the third inning off John Hutchings during a 9-2 win over the Boston Braves at the Polo Grounds. Ott, who spent his entire 22-year career with the Giants, is the first player from the National League with 500 home runs. He would finish his career in 1947 with 511 home runs.

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