Long Taters: A Baseball Biography of George ''Boomer'' Scott

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When African American first baseman George "Boomer" Scott made his debut in the major leagues in 1966, he took the field for the Boston Red Sox—the last major league team to field a black ballplayer, only seven years before. An eight-time Gold Glove Award winner, a three-time All-Star, and an important member of the Red Sox 1967 Impossible Dream American League Champions, Scott stroked 271 "taters"—a term he coined for home runs that has been memorialized in baseball lexicon. Yet throughout his career, the ...

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About the Book When African American first baseman George "Boomer" Scott made his debut in the major leagues in 1966, he took the field for the Boston Red Sox--the last major ... league team to field a black ballplayer, only seven years before. An eight-time Gold Glove Award winner, a three-time All-Star, and an important member of the Red Sox 1967 Impossible Dream American League Champions, Scott stroked 271 "taters"--a term he coined for home runs that has been memorialized in baseball lexicon. Yet throughout his career, the outspoken player faced an ongoing struggle to gain racial acceptance. This detailed biography chronicles Scott’s youth in violently racist Mississippi, his impressive 14-year professional career, and the challenges he faced off the field. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with the former slugger, this work celebrates one of Boston’s legends and reveals the barriers that still existed for black ball players years after Jackie Robinson paved the way. Read more Show Less

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Jefferson 2011 Trade paperback First edition. New. No dust jacket. Signed by George Scott Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 294 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: ... General/trade. Coined the phrase "tater" for long home runs. His. Part of the'67 Red Sox Impossible Dream. Book brings out deep racial feelings. SIGNED BY GEORGE SCOTT, recently deceased, in blue ballpoint on the title page. Read more Show Less

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When African American first baseman George "Boomer" Scott made his debut in the major leagues in 1966, he took the field for the Boston Red Sox—the last major league team to field a black ballplayer, only seven years before. An eight-time Gold Glove Award winner, a three-time All-Star, and an important member of the Red Sox 1967 Impossible Dream American League Champions, Scott stroked 271 "taters"—a term he coined for home runs that has been memorialized in baseball lexicon. Yet throughout his career, the outspoken player faced an ongoing struggle to gain racial acceptance. This detailed biography chronicles Scott's youth in violently racist Mississippi, his impressive 14-year professional career, and the challenges he faced off the field. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with the former slugger, this work celebrates one of Boston's legends and reveals the barriers that still existed for black ball players years after Jackie Robinson paved the way.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786449767
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Ron Anderson has written for several publications of the Society for American Baseball Research and has been a speaker at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. He lives in North Sutton, New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Bill Jenkinson xi

Preface 1

1 Pee-tuck 5

2 When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Gets Going 25

3 Great Scott 43

4 Mind's Made Up - He's Staying 52

5 Tape Measures to Goin' Fishin' 67

6 An Irascible Sort 86

7 That Glorious Summer 101

8 Nothing But Gibson 129

9 Bewitched 140

10 Rehab 160

11 A Confident Boomer 173

12 The Key 191

13 Mentor 205

14 I'll Never Quit 217

15 A Garden City 226

16 Bricks and Bats 237

17 Arriba King Kong 246

Notes 263

Bibliography 277

Index 284

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