Pittsburgh Pirate, Muncy native, Ed Ott dies at age 72 – Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Mar 3, 2024
Ed Ott, the Pirates catcher, deftly slides foot across home plate on hit by teammate Manny Sanguillen in visitor’s half of the 9th inning during Game 2 of the World Series at Baltimore, Oct. 12, 1979. Rick Dempsey, the O’s backstop, reaches in vain to apply tag after relay from the outfield. Series resumes in Pittsburgh on Friday. (AP Photo)
Ed Ott, a legendary baseball player with the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates’ World Series championship team, died Sunday in Danville, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Ott, who was 72 and born in Muncy, is survived by his wife, Sue, and daughter, Michelle.
“We are saddened by the loss of such a beloved member of the Pirates family,” team president Travis Williams said in a statement, according to TribLive.com. “Ed spent seven of his eight years in the major leagues with the Pirates and was a valued member of our World Series championship team in 1979. It was great to see him last summer when he was in Pittsburgh to support former teammate Kent Tekulve at our Hall of Fame induction ceremony.”
Ott played for the Pirates from 1974 to 1980. He had the best season of his career in 1979, when the Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles in a seven-game series to win the world championship.
According to TribLive.com, when Ott grew up in Muncy the Muncy High Indians didn’t have a baseball team. Ott instead played football and wrestled. Ott played American Legion baseball in the summers, and the Pirates drafted him in the 23rd round in 1970 as a third baseman. He later would play as an outfielder and then catcher.
Ott later coached and managed in the minors for the Angels, Pirates and Cincinnati Reds before joining the Houston Astros’ coaching staff in 1989.
Pirates catcher Ed Ott, right, pats second baseman Phil Garner on the back as Garner smokes a huge cigar in the clubhouse at Pittsburgh, Sept. 30, 1979. The Pirates defeated the Chicago Cubs to win the National League East title. The National League championship series starts Tuesday in Cincinnati. (AP Photo)
It might appear that Orioles Eddie Murray, left, and Pirates catcher Ed Ott are about to square off. But Murray is tagged out at the plate as he attempts to score on teammate John Lowenstein’s fly ball to Bucs right fielder Dave Parker during sixth inning action in Game 2 of the World Series, Oct. 12, 1979. Parker fired strike to Ott was applied tag for the out. Bucs won game, 3-2. (AP Photo)
Pirates relief pitcher Kent Tekulve reaches out to clasp the hand of catcher Ed Ott after the final out of Game 2 of the World Series against the Orioles at Baltimore, Oct. 11, 1979. Ott scored the winning run and Tekulve was able to retire the birds in the ninth to preserve the Bucs 3-2 victory. (AP Photo)
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