On this day in 1944 George Scott was born in Greenville, Mississippi. He was 18 when the Red Sox signed him as an amateur free agent in 1962 and 22 when he made his major league debut for Boston in 1966.
"Boomer" had played six major league seasons, hit .260/.328/.415 and won three Gold Gloves at first base when the Brewers acquired him as part of an eleven-player trade in October of 1971, and went on to become one of the first great power hitters in franchise history. Scott played five seasons in Milwaukee and hit 115 home runs, leading the AL with 36 and 109 RBI in 1975. He was also an AL All Star in 1975 and won Gold Gloves in each of his five seasons as a Brewer.
Following the 1976 season the Brewers sent Scott back to Boston in a deal that brought all-time Brewer great Cecil Cooper to Milwaukee. All told Scott was a career .268/.333/.435 hitter, a three-time All Star and eight-time Gold Glover.
Thanks to the B-Ref Play Index for reminding me that Scott turns 69 today. We'd also like to wish a happy birthday to 1953-61 Milwaukee Brave Johnny Logan, who turns 86. We covered his birthday in this space last year.