Former All-Star, Red Sox player George Scott dies

By The Sports Xchange, Special to the BDN
Posted July 29, 2013, at 3:54 p.m.

Former Red Sox first baseman George Scott, a member of their Impossible Dream team of 1967, has died at age 69.

Washington County coroner Methel Johnson confirmed Scott’s death to the Delta Democrat Times. No cause of death was reported.

Scott played 14 major league seasons. He played for the American League champion Red Sox in 1967 and led the league in home runs (36), RBI (109) and total bases (318) with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1975.

He finished his career in 1979 with 271 homers, 154 with the Red Sox. He is credited with coining the term “taters” for home runs. He won eight Gold Gloves at first base. Scott also became the second rookie first baseman ever to start the All-Star Game.

After his major league career was over, Scott played and managed in Mexico.

He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2006.

Scott was a right-handed power hitter and a smooth-fielding first baseman despite his large frame and weight of more than 200 pounds.

He won his first Gold Glove with the 1967 Red Sox that went to the World Series, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. That was Scott’s second major league season and he batted .303 and drove in 82 runs.

Scott played nine seasons for the Red Sox and five with the Brewers. He also played brief stints for the Royals and Yankees before his career ended in 1979.

In his first major league season, he finished tied for third in AL Rookie of the Year voting.

The Red Sox traded Scott to the Brewers in 1971 in a multiplayer deal that sent Jim Lonborg, Billy Conigliaro and Ken Brett to Milwaukee while Tommy Harper and Marty Pattin went to Boston.

Scott then spent the next five seasons with the Brewers and won a Gold Glove each of those seasons. In 1975, he led the AL with 109 RBI and tied Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson with an AL-leading 36 home runs.

The Brewers dealt Scott back to the Red Sox in 1976 in a trade for Cecil Cooper that also included Bernie Carbo going back to Boston. Scott played two more seasons with the Red Sox before spending his final season with the Red Sox, Royals and Yankees.

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