Nathan Edward Ott
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 198 lb.
- High School Muncy High School
- Debut June 10, 1974
- Final Game October 2, 1981
- Born July 11, 1951 in Muncy, PA USA
Ed Ott was an outfielder in the minors; he converted to catcher in spring training of 1975. He led the Carolina League (A ball) in triples with 10 in 1972. Ed didn't play in high school because they didn't have a team at Muncy High School. He was so good in football he was offered a scholarship to Arizona State University. His nicknames were 'Otter' and 'Troll'.
In 1979, he rode a bicycle from Philadelphia, PA to spring training in Bradenton, FL in support of Tug McGraw's charitable foundation for muscular dystrophy. That year, he was the most-used catcher on the Pirates as they won the 1979 World Series over the Baltimore Orioles; he was actually the left-handed bat in a platoon with righty Steve Nicosia. After the 1980 season, he was traded to the California Angels in return for 1B Jason Thompson; Thompson was slated to take over for an aging Willie Stargell, while Ott's trade opened a spot for youngster Tony Pena to take over as the full-time catcher. For their part, the Angels wanted to move injury-plagued Brian Downing to the outfield to keep his bat in the line-up.
Ott struggled in his only season with the Angels in 1981, hitting only .217 with 2 homers in 75 games. He became a free agent but re-signed with the Angels after finding little interest, but he missed all of 1982 with an injury and never played in the majors again. Meanwhile, the Angels had acquired another veteran catcher form the National League, Bob Boone, to be their main backstop.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1985||Prince William Pirates||Carolina League||65-74||6th||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|1986||Watertown Pirates||New York-Penn League||30-48||11th||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|1997||Allentown Ambassadors||Northeast League||39-43||7th||Independent Leagues|
|1998||Allentown Ambassadors||Northeast League||52-32||2nd (t)||Independent Leagues||Lost in 1st round|
|1999||Allentown Ambassadors||Northern League East||47-39||1st||Independent Leagues||Lost in 1st round|
|2002||Allentown Ambassadors||Northern League East||26-64||7th||Independent Leagues|
|2003||Allentown Ambassadors||Northeast League||32-58||8th||Independent Leagues|
|2010||Sussex Skyhawks||Can-Am Association||35-56||6th||Independent Leagues|