George Scott

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George Scott
George Scott

The man nicknamed “Boomer” made his initial impression with the Red Sox front office by winning the Eastern League Triple Crown and MVP with Double-A Pittsfield in 1965; one year later, at just 22 years of age, George Scott earned a nod as the starting American League first baseman at the All-Star Game in 1966 and finished the year with 27 home runs and 90 RBI, placing him third in the Rookie of the Year ballot.

The next season, Scott batted .303, hit 19 home runs, and drove in 82 runs; he also won the first of two consecutive Gold Gloves with Boston. Without warning, however, his average dropped to .171 in 1968 and he managed only three home runs and 25 RBI. For the next two years, he moved across the diamond to third and stayed there for nearly two seasons as he regained his stroke; back at his familiar position in 1971, Scott won a third Gold Glove award while posting another 24 home runs and 78 RBI.

After the season, Boston sent him to Milwaukee in a huge ten-player deal; in retrospect, the move backfired for Boston as Scott averaged .282 at the dish and better than 20 home runs and 90 RBI in his five seasons with the Brewers while winning another five Gold Gloves at first base. In 1977, Scott returned to Boston and enjoyed his last great season with a career-high 103 runs scored, 33 home runs, and 95 runs driven in while batting .269 and slugging .500; it was enough to earn him his third All-Star selection.

Unfortunately, his homecoming was short-lived; his numbers dropped significantly in 1978 and Scott hung up his cleats after the 1979 season, finishing his career with a .268 average and 271 home runs, including 154 round-trippers with Boston, putting him 15th all-time in franchise history.

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