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I always think of him as a Brewer.
October 10, 1971: Traded by the Boston Red Sox with Ken Brett, Billy Conigliaro, Joe Lahoud, Jim Lonborg and Don Pavletich to the Milwaukee Brewers for Pat Skrable (minors), Tommy Harper, Lew Krausse and Marty Pattin.
December 6, 1976: Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers with Bernie Carbo to the Boston Red Sox for Cecil Cooper.
I would never have guessed he'd won 6 gold gloves!
I believe Scott was also responsible for the term "dialing nine" meaning a home run. In hotel rooms, you used to have to dial nine for long distance.
What was the deal with his 1968 season? Playing through injuries? Baseball Digest used to run lists of the biggest one-season batting average declines of all time, and George's .303 in 1967 to .171 in 1968 usually led them. And it wasn't a BA mirage or because everybody hit terribly in '68, either -- his OPS+ in '67 was 138, and 40 a year later...
That 10/10/71 trade had to the one of the very first big ones (at least in terms of number of players involved) to penetrate my consciousness as a young fan.
Frank Robinson for Doyle Alexander
Gaylord Perry for Sam McDowell
don't forget "Gaylord AND Frank Duffy"
(well, go ahead and forget him--everyone else has)
George Scott, according to his biographer, never got over the bitterness he felt over the fact that Major League Baseball, and the Red Sox in particular, never offered him a job when his playing days were over -- as an instructor, a coach or a manager. Coupled with the slights he endured as a young player in what he perceived as a racially insensitive organization (one of his minor league teams, believing it a harmless prank, once came to his hotel room dressed like Ku Klux Klan members) -- this child of the segregated Mississippi Delta was burdened by sorrows when he died in Greenville, Miss., in the home he built for his mother back in that magical year, 1967.
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