Ed Ott

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Biographical Information[edit]

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.

Ott joined the New Jersey Jackals as a coach in 2007-2009. In 2010, he became manager of the Sussex Skyhawks. He returned to New Jersey in 2011-2013.

Notable Achievement[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
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

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