Sox hall of famer 'Boomer' Scott, 69, dies

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GREENVILLE, Miss. -- George "Boomer" Scott, a three-time All-Star first baseman who hit 271 homers in a 14-year major-league career and was named to the Boston Red Sox hall of fame, has died. He was 69.

Washington County coroner Methel Johnson confirmed Scott died on Sunday in Greenville, his hometown.

Scott spent most of his career with the Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers. He hit 27 homers with 90 RBIs during his rookie season in 1966 -- second for a Red Sox rookie only to Ted Williams -- and had his best year with the Brewers in 1975, when he hit 36 homers and had 109 RBIs.

The Red Sox all-time leader for first basemen in games played, Scott was inducted into the franchise's hall of fame in 2006. The Red Sox observed a moment of silence at Fenway Park before last night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

"In losing George Scott, we have lost one of the most talented, colorful and popular players in our history," Red Sox historian Dick Bresciani said. "He had great power and agility, with a large personality and a large physical stature. He could light up a clubhouse with his smile, his laugh, and his humor -- and he was the best defensive first baseman I have ever seen."

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Scott was listed at 6-foot-2 and over 200 pounds in his playing days, but he was surprisingly nimble in the field. He won eight Gold Gloves -- third all-time among first basemen behind only Keith Hernandez and Don Mattingly -- including five with the Brewers.

"This is a very sad day for all of us connected to the Brewers," the team said in a statement. "The entire Brewers community wishes to express their condolences to the Scott family."

In all, he drove in 1,051 runs.

-- AP

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