Not the actor who portrayed the famous military general in Patton but the big slugging first baseman who won all those Gold Glove Awards. Boomer was a power-hitting first baseman who won eight Gold Gloves in the course of his career. A big slugger from Mississippi, Boomer was a two-time American League total bases champ and a three-time All-Star.
Boomer was signed by the Red Sox in 1962 and four years later made his Major League debut. He appeared in every game as a rookie, made his first All-Star squad and finished third in Rookie of the Year voting. Like many big boppers, Boomer was prone to the strikeout and double play–he led the league in both categories. Despite two rather negative league leading marks, Scott still swatted 27 long balls and drove home 90 runs.
A .300 hitter for the first time in 1967, Boomer won the first of his many Gold Glove Awards as his Red Sox navigated a course to the World Series. Scott, the only .300 hitting first baseman in the Majors, helped the BoSox reach the World Series but they fell to the Cardinals in seven games. A mysterious power outage afflicted Boomer in 1968 but he returned to form with back-to-back 16 homerun seasons in 1969 and 1970. In the latter campaign, George was rotated between first and third base.
Denied a Gold Glove because of the positional carousel he was riding in 1970, he won another Gold Glove in 1971 when he resettled at first base. His power came back too. He reached 24 homeruns–the highest total he posted since his rookie season. Shortly after the 1971 season Boomer was involved in a large trade that sent him to the Brewers. Although Boomer established himself as a legit Major Leaguer in Beantown, he came into his own in the Cheese State.
Scott led the AL in total bases in 1973 while posting his best single season batting average. He finished third in the league in the doubles department and enjoyed his first 100 RBI campaign. Boomer kept banging out doubles with the best of them in 1974 by finishing second in the junior circuit with 36. The slick-fielding masher was the only American League first baseman to leg out more than 25 two-baggers.
Boomer’s best year came in 1975 when he led the American League in both homeruns and RBI. His 318 total bases also paced the circuit and he won yet another Gold Glove and earned a return trip to the All-Star Game. But Boomer’s slugging average fell 100 points the following year and the Brewers traded him back to Boston for young first baseman Cecil Cooper. Back in Fenway, Boomer regained his power stroke and led AL first basemen with 33 homeruns. A run-producing machine that year, Boomer scored 103 times and drove in 95 more runs.
Boomer’s numbers took a dive in 1978 and never again resurfaced. The Red Sox traded him in to the Royals in June of 1979 for outfielder Tom Poquette. He played 44 games for the Royals before he was given his release. He caught on with the Yankees to finish out the season and his career in the Majors. After his time in the Majors was over, George played some ball south of the border.
G 2,034/R 957/H 1,992/2B 306/3B 60/HR 271/RBI 1,051/BB 699/SO 1,418/SB 69/BA .268/SA .435