Thursday, November 11, 2010
I always like seeing players with the same last name as me. Knowing my family tree extensively, I am sure there is no relation. Other notables are Jake Scott, the Miami Dolphin safety from the undefeated team, Fast Freddie Scott from the Detroit Lions past, Luke Scott who played for the Astros a few years ago, and a few assorted NFL linemen. There's also that Astros dude that used sandpaper on the ball, Mike. Byron? A few namesakes include a professional mile runner, professional golfer and a Chicago news anchorman. George Scott had a decent career of 14 years, was a slugger for a good part of it, and was coming off one of his two best years when this card was released.
Cartoon: Note, George is only ONE of the flashiest fielding first sackers in the bigs. We all know the cartoonist knows Willie Montanez is simply THE flashiest, he just can't say it. Not PC, even in 1974 terms. And George's cartoon is backhanding a ball from behind. His next move is to cross dribble between his legs twice, then an alley-oop to Michael Jordan at the hoop. Oh, wait. Maybe it will be to Wilt the Stilt at the top of the key for a sky hook. Okay, wrong sport. After I post this, I'll go onto YouTube to try to find some George Scott flashy action. I know he was flashy, because his last year he played part of a year with the Royals and his uniform number was 0. Having a number of 0 in the 70's was flashy, almost by definition.
Ballpark background: Add one part Brewers road uniforms, one part yellow shirt behind George's right thigh, one part yellow sock just below George's right knee, then we sprinkle a bunch of yellow in the crowd beyond him, top with a sloping dugout roof toward the field, mix well, bake at 475 for 15 minutes, and out pops the Oakland Coliseum.
Situation ID: [Updated 03-20-11] This action shot of Scott was at the Oakland Coliseum. It looks as if he is watching a popup. If this photo was taken in 1973, then it was likely on Saturday, August 18, a day game, when cleanup hitter Scott fouled out to first baseman Deron Johnson leading off the second inning off of pitcher John "Blue Moon" Odom. The A's took the game 6-3, on their way to their second of three consecutive WS victories. Here, George has no middle name shown on this card, while his BR page lists Charles as his mid-moniker.