Former Red Sox player George Scott dies

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  July 29, 2013 01:05 PM

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The Red Sox paid tribute to George Scott before Monday's game with a moment of silence. (Jim Davis photo)

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George Scott (second from left) had two stints with the Red Sox in the 1960s and 70s. (Associated Press photo)

Former Red Sox slugger George Scott passed away on Sunday at age 69, the Red Sox have confirmed.

Scott, known as "Boomer," was signed by the Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1962 and made his major league debut with the Red Sox in 1966. He played eight seasons and part of another for the Red Sox, from 1966 to 1971 and again from 1977 to 1979.

He also played for Milwaukee, Kansas City and the New York Yankees.

“In losing George Scott, we have lost one of the most talented, colorful, and popular players in our history,” said Dick Bresciani, the Red Sox’ vice president emeritus and team historian in a statement released by the team. “He had great power and agility, with a large personality and a large physical stature. He could light up a clubhouse with his smile, his laugh, and his humor—and he was the best defensive first baseman I have ever seen. We will miss him, and we send our condolences to his family.”

Scott had 271 career home runs and was an eight-time Gold Glove winner at first base. He led the American League in home runs in 1975 with 36, and was selected as an All-Star three times.

He was from Greenville, Miss.

He won his first Gold Glove and finished 10th in MVP voting as a member of the Red Sox’ Impossible Dream team in 1967 when the team lost the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Scott is a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, and was inducted in 2006.

The Red Sox held a moment of silence in Scott's memory, and posted a tribute video online.
Globe Red Sox reporter Peter Abraham contributed to this report

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