Scott started his career actually a few years before I was born, debuting in 1966 and was a part of the 1967 "impossible dream" team that saw them get to within one game of winning it all (Damn you Bob Gibson!). After 2 solid years with the bat, he had an atrocious year hitting in 1968. He bounced back slightly in the next few years only to be traded to the Brewers in 1972, where he ( of course) had his best offensive seasons, leading the league in homers and RBI's in 1975. One thing he never slumped at, though, was his fielding. For a big man, he was quite agile, winning 8 gold gloves in his career. He returned to the Sox in 1977 and his 33 homers , or "taters", as he liked to call them, were part of the teams 213 that year. At the time, getting the boomer back to Beantown seemed like a good move.After all, they only had to trade under performing Cecil Cooper to get him. Needless to say, Cooper went on to a borderline Hall of fame career...oh well.
I think the thing I dug about the Boomer the most was his wild batting swing; He would take a ferocious cut every time, pulling his right hand off the bat after he swung. I emulated that style in little league, and first time up, I hit a home run ( I'm sorry, a tater)...the last one I ever hit in little league. He also wore a batting helmet at first base and regularly sported a necklace that he claimed was made of "second baseman's teeth". Growing up dirt poor in Mississippi with only a third grade education, George was as unpretentious as they come. Before a spring training game against the Orioles in the early '70s, the boomer was taking batting practice. Around the cage watching him were Frank Robinson, Elrod Hendricks and Paul Blair who were discussing the current events of the day, specifically, the plight of Biafra. When one of them asked, "hey George, what do you think of Biafra"? he replied, "I never faced the muddafucka, but third time up, I'll hit a tater off him". The fact that he just assumed Biafra was a pitcher is hilarious, and pretty awesome. The man breathed, ate and slept baseball..Unfortunately, he also ate a lot of other things.