George Scott (scottge02)

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George Charles Scott Jr.

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Biographical Information[edit]

George Scott was a major star in the American League, hitting 271 home runs and winning eight Gold Gloves.

Scott was in the minors from 1962 to 1965, with his slugging percentage going up each year. He won an Eastern League Triple Crown in 1965, becoming the third player to do so, following Joe Munson (1925) and Bob Chance (1963).

He made his major league debut in 1966 as an everyday player for the Boston Red Sox, getting into 162 games and hitting 27 homers. He set a major league record by needing only 21 games to hit his first 10 career homers; Trevor Story tied the mark in 2016, then Rhys Hoskins obliterated it in 2017, needing only 17 games. He was third in the 1966 American League Rookie of the Year Award voting, behind winner Tommie Agee.

Scott appeared in over 100 games in every season of his 14-year major league career. He was with Boston until 1971, hitting .303 in his second major league season, 1967, and appearing in the 1967 World Series. In 1968, the "Year of the Pitcher", he was mired in a season-long slump, hitting just .171 with 3 homers. Yet he managed to bounce back. Traded after 1971 to the Milwaukee Brewers in a ten-player trade, he was with the Brewers from 1972 to 1976. In 1973 he hit .306 with 107 RBI and in 1975 he boomed out 36 home runs with 109 RBI. He came back to Boston in the Cecil Cooper trade and played for them from 1977 through part of 1979, hitting 33 homers in 1977. After being traded to the Kansas City Royals and then being released by them in August of 1979, he signed with the New York Yankees and slugged .500 for them in 16 games at the tail end of the year.

After his major league days, he played and managed in Mexico. An article, George Scott is Alive and Well and Playing in Mexico, chronicled his life there. He was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2006.

He passed away in his hometown of Greenville, MS in 2013, aged 69.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 1966 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • 3-time AL All-Star (1966, 1975 & 1977)
  • 8-time AL Gold Glove Winner (1967, 1968 & 1971-1976)
  • 2-time AL Total Bases Leader (1973 & 1975)
  • AL Home Runs Leader (1975)
  • AL RBI Leader (1975)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 6 (1966, 1971-1973, 1975 & 1977)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1975 & 1977)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (1973 & 1975)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1977)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Ron Anderson: "George Scott", in Bill Nowlin and Dan Desrochers, eds.: The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: 'Pandemonium on the Field', SABR, Rounder Books, Burlington, MA, 2007, pp. 100-107. ISBN 978-1-5794-0141-2
  • George Scott (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, July 1976, pp. 31-33. [1]

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