Baseball Suffers A Pair Of Deaths
One of the most popular Red Sox players in their history, George Scott, has died at the age of 69. No details of his death have been announced.
Nicknamed Boomer, Scott was a large man who played with a soft glove, nimble feet, a golden touch, and a big man’s power.
Scott is a member of the Red Sox team hall of fame. For a large man Scott was brilliant at 1st base, winning 8 gold gloves, which rank him 3rd in baseball history for a 1st baseman. Only the Mets and Cardinals Keith Hernandez and the Yankees Don Mattingly won more.
Scott was the 1st player I can remember that wore a batting helmet while playing in the field. He was a giant of a man clubbing 271 homeruns in a very solid major league career. He is the all time leader in games played for a Sox 1st baseman. He is 2nd all time in Boston history for RBI by a rookie. Only Ted Williams drove in more in his 1st season then Scott’s 90 in 1966.
Scott was dealt to Milwaukee after the 71 season but returned to play in Beantown in 1977. he later finished his career with stints in Kansas City and with the NY Yankees.
Also it was announced that former pitcher Frank Castillo, who had a long career in the majors died tragically, drowning in a lake in Arizona.
Castillo was only 44 years old. His family claimed he wasn’t a good swimmer but yet he dived off a boat and never surfaced above water. Authorities pulled Castillo’s body out of Lake Bartlett on Monday.
Castillo pitched for 7 teams in the big leagues over a span of 13 years. His career record was 81-104. He toiled mostly for the Chicago Cubs but also saw action for the Toronto Blue Jays, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, and Florida Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks. Castillo retired from the majors after the 2005 season.