MILWAUKEE, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) One of the Brewers’ first legitimate stars has died. It was announced yesterday that George “Boomer” Scott passed away on Sunday at his home in Greenville Mississippi. He was 69.
Scott came to the Brewers in late 1971 – their second year in existence – as part of an 11-player trade with Boston. He went on to win Gold Gloves at first base in each of his five seasons with Milwaukee.
Scott played 14 years total in the Majors. His best year was in 1975, when he led the American League with 109 R-B-I’s and tied Reggie Jackson for the home run title with 36.
Former Brewers’ owner Bud Selig said Scott was the team’s first 100-thousand-dollar player in 1976, and he was saddened to hear of his passing. Scott was known as a colorful character – and when the team was in a bad streak, Selig remembered Scott saying quote, “The players have to play better, the manager has to manage better, and the owner has to own better.”
Scott called homers “taters,” and he called his first-base glove “Black Beauty.” After the 1976 season, Milwaukee traded Scott back to Boston. The Brewers obtained eventual All-Star Cecil Cooper in that deal.
Yesterday, the Brewers called Scott’s death “sad.” The team honored him with a bobble-head earlier this year.