May 2, 2016

The Rookie Card Series: George Scott

 In this series, we do rookie cards and not much else. 

When Trevor Story began hitting home runs in the 2016 baseball season like no one else ever has, I began seeing articles about who would he surpass if Story kept up his amazing pace. I was pleasantly surprised to see one of my all-time favorite Milwaukee Brewer players listed, George Scott. Scott, who started his career with the Boston Red Sox, was one of the best sluggers and defensive 1st baseman in the late 1960's and 1970's and played with the Brewers from 1972-1976.

Scott began his career with just as big a bang as Story during the 1966 season and he holds the record for getting to nine, 10, and 11 home runs which be did in 18 games, 21 games, and 26 games. Story recently tied him for the record of getting 10 home runs in 21 games and he has four more games to try to surpass Scott.

Scott's rookie card can be found in 1966 Topps and he shares with fellow Red Sox prospects Guido Grilli and Pete Magrini. The 1966 Topps set runs 598 cards and the short prints are found from 523-598 and so Scott's card #558 is a difficult card to track down. I had been looking for one for quite some time and it sat on my "short term collecting goals" list much longer than any reasonable idea of what "short term" means. In the end, I received this one in a trade with Reader Mike D. and it's one of my overall favorite rookie cards that I own.


In the end of the 1966 season, Scott had an impressive 27 home runs and 90 RBIs and finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting. Topps rightfully gave him the All-Star Rookie Cup treatment in 1967 Topps. 


Scott's greatest offensive season occurred in 1975 while with the Brewers as he hit 36 home runs to co-lead the American League in home runs with Reggie Jackson. Scott also led the league in RBIs that year with 109.


Scott was the type of player that just didn't make a bad baseball card. Just take a look and there isn't a stinker in the bunch. This is Scott's great 1976 Topps card with him sporting a horseshoe mustache and killer sideburns that come to a razor sharp point. One of the best portrait cards ever. 


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