Thursday, March 23, 2017

We remember George "Boomer" Scott (1944-2013)

Baseball returned to Milwaukee in 1970 when the Seattle Pilots became the Brewers.  (The Pilots joined the AL as an expansion team in 1969.  They may have been the only team in modern Major League history to play only one season in a city)

The Brewers were an expansion team and did not win a lot of games.

In 1972, George Scott was traded to Milwaukee and he became the team's first big star.  He hit long home runs.  I recall seeing him hit a line drive to the left field seats that left park in a second.

My first memory is that he was fun to watch.  He hit "taters" and play great defense at first base.  He was a big man but he could move around first base.

My second memory is running into Scott in Mexico City in 1981.  He was out of major league baseball and playing for the Mexican League.

I was waiting for a light change and crossing a street.  I noticed this man next to me and said:  "Are you George Scott"?

He said yes and we shared a few Brewers' stories.  He was a really nice guy and invited me to go to watch a game.

Unfortunately, I did not make the game and Scott was out of baseball soon after that.

Scott was born on this day in 1944 and died in 2013 at age 69

RIP and thanks for those "taters"!   He hit 271 of them when hitting 25 Hrs in a season was having a pretty good season!

P.S.  This is a good obituary!



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