George Charles Scott, Jr.
(born March 23, 1944 in Greenville, Mississippi
) is a former first baseman
in Major League Baseball
who played for the Boston Red Sox
(1966–71, 1977–79), Milwaukee Brewers
(1972–76), Kansas City Royals
(1979) and New York Yankees
(1979). He batted and threw right-handed.
In 1965, he was the Eastern League
triple crown winner, leading the league in home runs, RBIs, and batting average. Scott was a three-time All-Star
in the American League
in 1966, 1975 and 1977, starting the 1966 Mid-Summer Classic and homering in 1977. Scott hit over 20 home runs
six times in his career, tying Reggie Jackson
for the American League lead in 1975 with a career-high 36 and pacing the league in RBI
that same season with 109. Known for his glovework at first base, Scott was awarded the Gold Glove Award
for fielding excellence in the American League during eight seasons (1967–68 and 1971–1976).
In a 14-season career, Scott posted a .268 batting average
with 271 home runs (which he called "taters") and 1051 RBI in 2034 games
. His nickname was 'Boomer' and he called his glove "black beauty." George was well-known for having a good sense of humor. He wore a necklace which he once identified to a reporter as being composed of "the second baseman's teeth". To complement his unique attire, George also was known for wearing a batting helmet while fielding at first base due to an experience he had with a fan throwing hard objects... Read More