RIP George Scott 1944-2013

Former Red Sox first baseman George Scott passed away  July 28, 2013.  Scott played from 1966-1979 and was most famous for his time with the Red Sox.  he played in all 162 games his rookie season, and collected 27 home runs and 90 RBIs, albeit with a .245 batting average.  He made the all star team and finished 3rd in ROY voting.  His sophomore year he went 19/82/.303, finished 10th in MVP voting and won his first gold glove.  He was always considered a great defensive first baseman.  In 1968 Scott had perhaps the most inexplicably bad baseball season ever.  He started out in a slump he just never recovered from.  In 124 games he hit just 3 home runs to go along with 25 RBIs and a .171 average.  He did win his second gold glove however.  The following year he rebounded and never had a slump like that again.  His two best years came in Milwaukee after he was traded.  In 1973 he hit 24/107/.306 and in 1975 he hit 36/109/.285  leading the American league in home runs and RBIs.  Injuries diminished his abilities by the late 70s and he was reduced to a part time player.  After being released by the Yankees in 1979 he refused a part time role with the Rangers and joined the Mexican league,  finally retiring in 1984 at age 40.  I remember him from one of my first baseball cards being his 1979 Topps card.

Games: 2034

At Bats: 7433

Hits: 1992

Home Runs:  271

Runs Batted In: 1051

Batting Average: .268

OPS+: 114

All Star Games: 3

Gold Gloves: 8


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