In 1965, the year before he made it to the Major Leagues, Mr. Scott won the Triple Crown in the minors playing in the Eastern League and finishing the season with a .319 batting average, 25 homers, and 94 RBIs.
After his playing years, Mr. Scott coached and managed in the Mexican and Independent Leagues, according to the Society for American Baseball Research, filling slots including manager of the Berkshire Black Bears in the Northern League.
The pay for those roles didn’t match his salaries as a player, however, and Mr. Scott experienced financially lean times on occasion. In the mid-1980s, he sold two of the Gold Glove awards he received for being the best-fielding first baseman in the American League.
At the beginning of 1995, the Globe reported that he had filed for Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy in Boston, listing assets of $17,095 and liabilities of $428,852.62, most of which was owed to the Internal Revenue Service.
Mr. Scott listed his address as Randolph at that time, and although Mississippi was his home at the beginning of his life and the end, it was clear Boston always held a place in his heart.
“I loved it when the trade was made,” he told the Globe in 1978, speaking of the deal that brought him back to Fenway Park. “I wanted to end my career here, but it’s not going to be that way.”
He played in 120 games that season, his .233 batting average a significant dip from the .303 he hit in 1967.
“I think Scotty was probably the first guy to the mound when we won the pennant in ’67, to give me a big hug,” Lonborg recalled. “It was great to celebrate that moment with him.”
Said Andrews: “I’m sure ’67 was his favorite year, and it certainly was mine.”
For all his Gold Glove awards and success fielding, Mr. Scott might have been fonder of the long home runs that brought him his nickname.
“You know there is only one Boomer,” he told the Globe during spring training in March 1978. “It’s me. George Scott. You can go anywhere in baseball. Lots of guys like to be called Boomer. But when most people start talking, it’s about me, The Boomer.”
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