George Scott, who spent nine of his 14 major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox, passed away in his native Mississippi at the age of 69.
"In losing George Scott, we have lost one of the most talented, colorful, and popular players in our history," said Dick Bresciani, Red Sox VP emeritus and team historian. "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. We will miss him, and we send our condolences to his family."
Scott broke into baseball during the 1966 season, finishing third in AL rookie of the year voting and gaining an All-Star nod after hitting. 245 with 27 homers and 90 RBI in 162 games.
He contributed 19 homers and 82 RBI with a .303 average the following season as Boston claimed the American League pennant and a trip to the World Series against the Cardinals.
Scott moved on to Milwaukee in 1972, and posted league-high and career-best totals of 36 homers and 109 RBI while hitting .285 in 1975 for the Brewers, gaining his second of three All-Star selections.
After a second stint with the BoSox (1977-79), Scott went on to play for the Royals and Yankees.
"This is a very sad for all of us connected to the Brewers. George Scott was charismatic, an early star of the team and one of the finest defensive players in the game," read a statement issued by the Brewers. "His five Gold Glove Awards as a Brewer are an accomplishment that will be difficult to top. The entire Brewers community wishes to express their condolences to the Scott family."
The eight-time Gold Glove winner finished his career hitting .268 with 271 homers, 1,051 RBI while appearing in 2,034 games.