July 30, 2013

Famed Sox first baseman George Scott dead at 69

The 'Boomer' was a vital part of the 1967 AL champions and also starred with Milwaukee.

The Associated Press

GREENVILLE, Miss. — George "Boomer" Scott, a three-time All-Star first baseman who hit 271 homers in a 14-year major-league career and is a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, has died.

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George Scott, second from left, clasps hands with catcher Carlton Fisk while outfielder Jim Rice and infielder Butch Hobson join in some clubhouse camaraderie in this 1977 photo.

The Associated Press

He was 69.

Washington County coroner Methel Johnson confirmed Scott died on Sunday in Greenville, Miss., his hometown.

Scott spent most of his career with the Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers.

He hit 27 homers with 90 RBI during his rookie season in 1966 -- second for a Red Sox rookie only to Ted Williams -- and had his best year with the Brewers in 1975, when he hit 36 homers and had 109 RBI.

The Red Sox all-time leader for first basemen in games played, Scott was inducted into the franchise's hall of fame in 2006.

The Red Sox observed a moment of silence at Fenway Park before Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

"In losing George Scott, we have lost one of the most talented, colorful and popular players in our history," Red Sox historian Dick Bresciani said.

"He had great power and agility, with a large personality and a large physical stature. He could light up a clubhouse with his smile, his laugh, and his humor -- and he was the best defensive first baseman I have ever seen. We will miss him, and we send our condolences to his family."

Scott was listed at 6-foot-2 and over 200 pounds in his playing days, but he was surprising nimble in the field. He won eight Gold Gloves -- third all-time among first basemen behind only Keith Hernandez and Don Mattingly -- including five with the Brewers.

"This is a very sad day for all of us connected to the Brewers," the team said in a statement.

"George Scott was charismatic, an early star of the team and one of the finest defensive players in the game. 'Boomer,' as he was affectionately known to fans, will be remembered as a colorful player on and off the field and his five Gold Glove Awards as a Brewer are an accomplishment that will be difficult to top. The entire Brewers community wishes to express their condolences to the Scott family."

Scott played with the Red Sox from 1966-71 and again from 1977-79. He hit 154 home runs -- or "taters," as he called them -- with the Red Sox, batting.257 with 158 doubles, 38 triples and 562 RBI. He was a vital part of the 1967 "Impossible Dream" pennant winning Sox.

He also played five seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers between stints in Boston and finished his career in 1979 with the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees.

 

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