George “Boomer” Scott died on Sunday at the age of 69. The three-time All-Star hit 271 home runs in a 14-year major league career and is a member of the Boston Red Sox hall of fame.
Washington County coroner Methel Johnson confirmed Scott died on Sunday in Greenville, Miss., his hometown.
A three-time All-Star, Scott spent most of his career with the Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers. He hit 27 homers with 90 RBIs during his rookie season in 1966 — second for a Red Sox rookie only to Ted Williams — and had his best year with the Brewers in 1975, when he hit 36 homers and had 109 RBIs.
“This is a very sad day for all of us connected to the Brewers,” the team said in a statement. “George Scott was charismatic, an early star of the team and one of the finest defensive players in the game. ‘Boomer,’ as he was affectionately known to fans, will be remembered as a colorful player on and off the field and 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.”
Former pitcher Frank Castillo drowns
The body of former major league pitcher Frank Castillo has been recovered after he drowned Sunday at a lake northeast of Phoenix.
Castillo, 44, jumped off a pontoon boat on Sunday for a swim and did not return.
Castillo had an 82-104 record in 13 major-league seasons. He pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Colorado, Detroit, Toronto, Boston and Florida from 1991 to 2005 before retiring and lived in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale.