Some days, the roars and thrills of the crowd fall silent. Deafeningly silent. Today is one such day in the realm of baseball. The world has lost a key member of the Pittsburgh Pirates family — a true champion in every sense. 

Teams and fans remember Ed “Otter” Ott, the heart of the Pirates of 1979. That year, the man who contributed to their World Series victory passed away at 72. Saddened fans have taken to social media with “RIP Otter” messages. 

Otter left a legacy in Pittsburgh as a storied Buccaneer


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The Pittsburgh Pirates tweeted the news of the legendary Buccaneer’s passing. In a statement following the news, Travis Williams, Pittsburgh Pirates president, shared, “We are saddened by the loss of such a beloved member of the Pirates family. 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.

The Pirates drafted Otter in 1970, and he spent most of his career with the team. He carved out a niche as a reliable backup catcher. Apart from his contributions to offense, he batted .259 with 33 home runs and 195 RBIs throughout his eight-year tenure. One of the most notable things about him is how he formed a dynamic catching duo with Steve Nicosia during the Pirates’ memorable run to the 1979 World Series. But his greatness transcends just numbers.

Following his playing career, Ott moved to the role of a coach, sharing his expertise and knowledge with budding players in the minor league systems. The Angels, Pirates, and Reds were all teams where he sprinkled his wisdom. In time, he served on the major league coaching staffs of the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers.

Ed Ott’s impact extended way beyond the seams of the baseball diamond. He is known for his positive attitude, work ethic, and dedication on and off the game. His heart-wrenching departure leaves a void in Pittsburgh and among fans — the wider baseball community.

The online community of fans grieve deeply at Ed Ott’s Passing

Fans took to social media to express their condolences. The fans said it all, from recalling stellar moments from the past to reiterating his glory during the times he played.

One among many fans recalled interesting anecdotes. 

RIP Otter,” fans recalled how “it was always, always Otter and Scrap Iron (Garner).” 

There were some, among others, who called him “One of my favorites.”

Speaking of all the memories of how he was as a Pirate, fans articulated they miss him. 


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There is no measure to what Otter’s contribution meant to the club, “Tough ball player.


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As the one maintains a moment of silence for the departed soul, the world wishes his family strength to bear the loss. His wife Sue and daughter Michelle survive Ed and the entire Ott family.

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