Coroner: Former MLB All-Star George Scott dies at age 69
Former major-league first baseman George Scott, a key member of the 1967 pennant-winning Red Sox, has died at the age of 69, according to the Washington County, Miss., coroner.
According to the Washington County, Miss. coroner, former major-leaguer George "Boomer" Scott has died at the age of 69. A cause of death for Scott, originally reported to be 71 but multiple outlets list his birthdate as March 23, 1944, has not been disclosed at this time.
Scott played parts of 14 seasons in the majors, primarily with the Red Sox and Brewers. Scott was a key member of the 1967 pennant-winning Boston club, and with Milwaukee in 1975 he led the American League with 36 home runs -- "taters," as he coined them -- 109 RBI and 318 total bases. An accomplished fielder at first base, Scott also won eight Gold Gloves. He ended his career in 1979 with 271 homers and an OPS+ of 114 to his credit.
Scott came up as a third baseman, but in 1966 he became just the second rookie first baseman ever to start the All-Star Game. As a right-handed hitter with power, Scott always found the Green Monster to be especially alluring, but that didn't please Boston GM Dick O'Connell, who once famously offered to pay Scott $20 every time he hit the ball to the right of the shortstop. After a 10-player blockbuster sent him to the Brewers in time for the 1972 season, Scott proved he was far more than just a product of Fenway.
While generally regarded as a "gentle giant" (Scott was 6-feet-2 and weighed at times as much as 250 pounds), Scott could also be an inimidating presence at the plate. Just ask Dennis Martinez ...
After his career in the majors ended, Scott played and then managed in Mexico for a time. In 2006, he was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame. Scott's grandson, Deion Williams, is presently a minor-leaguer in the Nationals' system.
Rest in peace, Mr. Scott.
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