George “Boomer” Scott


Born: March 23, 1944

Died: July 28, 2013

Hometown: Greenville, MS

Year of Induction: 2007

 

High School Career

Coleman High School, Greenville, MS (1959-1962)

• Three sport star; football, baseball, basketball

• Signed by the Boston Red Sox for $10,000 (May 28, 1962)

 

Professional Career

Boston A Team, Olean, NY (1962-1965)
Boston AA Team, Pittsfield, MA, Eastern League (1965)

• Won the Triple Crown (’65)

 

Major League Baseball Career

• 2,034 games

• Career batting average .268, 271 HR, 1,051 RBI,

• 9 Career Gold Glove Awards

• 3 AL All-Star Team Selections

Boston Red Sox (1966-1971)

• AL All-Star Team as Rookie with 27 HRs; played in every game (’66)

• Member AL Championship Team (’67)

• Gold Glove Recipient (1967-1968, 1971)

Milwaukee Brewers (1972-1976)

• Gold Glove Recipient (1972-1976)

• Led AL in HR’s (36) & RBI (109) (’75)

• AL All-Star Team (’75)

Boston Red Sox (1977-1978)

• AL All-Star Team (’77)

• Losing team in famous one game AL playoff vs. New York on Bucky Dent HR (’78)

New York Yankees (1979)

• Hit .318 in 16 games as late season acquisition

Kansas City Royals (1979)
Boston Red Sox (1979)

• Retired as No. 12 on all-time Red Sox HR list (271)

• Played more games than any other Red Sox first baseman (988)

 

Managing Career

• Player-Manager, Mexican League (1980-1984)

• Manager, Mexico City Tigers, Mexican League (1982)

• Manager, Las Mochas, Mexican League Winter Baseball

• Led Mexican League teams to league titles

• Managed in Dominican Republic, Venezuela, upstate New York

• Massachusetts Mad Dogs, Northeast League (1996)

• Led team to highest winning percentage (.718) in all of pro baseball

• Managed 1st non-pitching female professional baseball player on a men’s team, Tammy Holmes

• Head baseball coach, Roxbury Community College, Boston, MA

• Manager, Rio Grande Valley White Wings, Texas-Louisiana League (’01)

• Manager, Berkshire Black Blears, Northern League, PIttsfield, MA (’02)

 

Special Recognition

• Featured Sports Illustrated “Where Are They Now?” section (July 2004)

• During a peroid of racial tensions in Boston, Scott showed up without fanfare at a practice of Jamaica Plain HS, a mostly African american football team. One of the Jamaica players, Daryl Williams, had been shot and paralyzed while in a huddle in a game against Charlestown, a mostly white school. Although the team had been traumatized by the shooting, Scott Helped the squad through some difficult times just by having a Boston sports star show up. He attended practices and games the rest of the season.

 

Hall of Fame Memberships

• Boston Red Sox (2006)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2007)

 

Did You Know?

Former Red Sox teammate Joe Foy gave Scott his nickname “Boomer” beacause, he said, Scott “really put a boom on that ball” after smacking a home run off Bob Gibson. Scott coined the word “tater” in reference to home runs.

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