Tater Tuesday – George Scott, 1975
Welcome to a new feature on the blog. I’m calling it Tater Tuesday. Tater for George Scott’s nickname for home runs and Tuesday for…well, you know.
The genesis of this idea is from this post: The Midwest League Home Runs of Wladimir Balentien. I posted it just before Balentien broke the single season home run record in Japan. It seemed like a fun post at the time. Then, I got to thinking about how to turn this into a regular feature. After about five seconds it just popped into my head.
In the future, I’ll be taking a look at the home runs of Timber Rattlers players: When they hit them, off whom they hit them, where they hit them, and in what situations they hit them.
To kick off the inaugural feature – and as a tribute to the man who gave us Tater – here is every home run the late George Scott during his 1975 season with the Milwaukee Brewers.
#1 April 19 @ Cleveland: Top of the ninth inning off Jim Perry. This solo home run with one out put the Brewers up 2-0, a game they would win 3-0 behind a 2-hit shutout by Bill Champion.
#2 April 30 v. Detroit: Bottom of the eighth inning off Dave Lemanczyk. A two-run homer with one out gave the Brewers their final runs in a 6-2 victory.
#3 May 6 @ Detroit: Top of the first inning off Joe Coleman. A two-run home run with one out put Milwaukee up 2-0, but the Brewers would lose 4-2.
#4 May 8 @ Detroit: Top of the fourth inning off Vern Ruhle. A solo home run with two outs made it 1-0 Milwaukee, but the Tigers rallied for a 6-4 win.
#5 May 28 vs. Chicago (AL): Top of the sixth inning off Stan Bahnsen. A two-run home run pulled the Brewers to within 9-2…on the way to a 9-3 loss.
#6 May 31 vs. Kansas City: Bottom of the third inning off Dennis Leonard. A two-run home run with two outs. Darrell Porter had homered to lead off the inning. Scott’s homer put Milwaukee in front 4-2, but the Royals went on to a 7-5 victory.
#7 June 2 @ Oakland: Top of the sixth inning off Vida Blue. A two-run home run with two outs tied the game 3-3. The Brewers got a run in the eighth on an RBI single by Robin Yount. Milwaukee would win 6-3.
#8 June 3 @ Oakland: Top of the first inning off Jim Perry. A two-out solo homer gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Brewers would win the game 5-4 after falling behind 4-1. Reggie Jackson also homered in this game for the Athletics.
#9 June 12 vs. Oakland: Bottom of the seventh off Jim Todd. A two-run home run with no outs gave the Brewers a 7-3 lead. Scott was the first Brewers Todd faced. He had taken over on the mound after Vida Blue gave up a leadoff single to Johnny Briggs to start the seventh at County Stadium. Brewers would hold on for a 9-7 win.
#10 June 13 vs. California: Bottom of the fourth off Dave Sells. A two-run home run with two outs scores Robin Yount and caps a four run frame to give the Brewers a 9-2 lead on the way to a 10-2 win.
#11 June 24 vs. Detroit (Game 2): Bottom of the sixth off Lerrin LaGrow. A one out solo home run tied the game 1-1. The Brewers won 4-2.
#12 June 25 vs. Detroit: Bottom of the fifth off Ike Brookens. A solo shot to start the fifth to give the Brewers a 5-3 lead.
#13 June 25 vs. Detroit: Bottom of the seventh off Ike Brookens. A solo shot to start the seventh to five the Brewers a 7-5 lead. Brewers won 7-6 in Boomer’s first multi homer game of the season and his sixth tater against the Tigers.
#14 July 2 vs. Boston (Game 1): Bottom of the ninth off Rick Wise. A two-run homer with two outs pulled the Brewers to within 6-2. Bobby Darwin followed with a homer to make it 6-3. But, Wise finished off the complete game win for the Red Sox.
#15 July 6 @ Detroit (Game 2): Top of the first off Lerrin LaGrow. A two-out solo home run – his seventh home run off the Tigers in 1975 – put the Brewers up 1-0. The Tigers won 11-2 behind three homers off Pete Broberg in the second inning. Future Brewers outfielder Ben Oglivie would hit a two-run home run in that inning.
#16 July 8 @ Kansas City: Top of the seventh off Dennis Leonard. This leadoff home run was the only run of the game for the Brewers. At the time, it made the score 8-1. The Royals won 9-1.
#17 July 19 @ Chicago (AL): Top of the fourth inning off Jesse Jefferson. This was another home run to lead off an inning for Scott. The homer got the Brewers on the scoreboard. But four unearned runs by the White Sox in the bottom of the second inning had Milwaukee in a 4-0 hole before Scott’s homer. Bonus Foxes tie-in: Goose Gossage pitched the final 3-1/3 innings without allowing a hit to pick up the save.
#18 July 20 @ Chicago (AL) (Game two): Top of the ninth inning off Bill Gogolewski. Here’s another home run to lead off an inning. The White Sox had a 10-4 lead before this homer.
#19 July 22 vs. Kansas City (Game two): Bottom of the first inning off Al Fitzmorris. A two-run homer with one out put the Brewers up 2-0. Don Money, who would homer later in the game, had reached on an error just before this tater.
#20 July 24 vs. Baltimore: Bottom of the fifth inning off Wayne Garland. A one-out solo home run gave the Brewers a 4-2 lead. Milwaukee hit four other homers in this game – two for Don Money, one for Hank Aaron, and one for Gorman Thomas – but lost 10-7 to the Orioles.
#21 July 27 vs. Baltimore (Game two): Bottom of the eighth inning off Dyar Miller. A two-run home run with no outs drove in Charlie Moore and gave the Brewers a 6-0 lead. The Orioles scored SIX runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game. Baltimore would score five runs in the top of the tenth and beat the Crew 11-6. Really.
#22 August 5 vs. New York (AL): Bottom of the fifth inning off Catfish Hunter. Scott’s two-out, two-run home run gave the Brewers a 3-1 lead. However, Chris Chambliss homered in the seventh and Bobby Bonds singled in a run to tie the game. Then, Bonds would hit a solo homer off Tom Murphy in the top of the ninth and the Yankees won 4-3.
#23 August 6 vs. Boston: Bottom of the fourth inning off Jim Burton. The solo homer with one out by Boomer made the score 1-0. The Brewers took a 2-0 lead into the eighth. But, Boston scored a run in the eighth and four in the ninth to beat Milwaukee 5-2.
#24 August 10 vs. Texas: Bottom of the sixth inning off Jim Umbarger. There were two outs and none on base when Scott hit this home run to put the Brewers up 7-4, the final score of the game. August 10, 1975 was a pretty good night for Boomer. He went 4-for-4 with three RBI.
#25 August 11 @ Minnesota: Top of the third inning off Bill Butler. This leadoff home run by Scott was followed by a Hank Aaron home run. The back-to-back blasts put the Brewers up 6-3. Scott also tripled in the game, but the Brewers lost 8-7 at Minnesota.
#26 August 15 @ Oakland: Top of the third inning off Vida Blue. George Scott doubled Milwaukee’s lead from 2-0 to 4-0 with a one out, two-run homer.
#27 August 15 @ Oakland: Top of the seventh inning off Jim Todd. Another two-run homer for a multi-homer game for Scott. This one with no outs after Bill Sharp reached on an error by Todd. The Brewers took an 8-3 lead there and went on to win 8-4 when Jim Colborn retired Phil Garner to end the game for a complete game.
#28 September 7 vs. Boston (Game two): Bottom of the fifth inning off Dick Pole. Milwaukee was down 2-1 with one out. Scott hit a three-run dinger and the Brewers were up 4-2.
#29 September 13 @ Boston (Game one): Top of the fourth inning off Rick Wise. Oh, look, another homer to lead off an inning for Scott. This leadoff home run tied the game 2-2 and jump-started a big six run inning for the Brewers. Milwaukee won 9-6.
#30 September 15 @ Boston: Top of the eighth inning off Dick Pole. A leadoff homer for Scott got the Brewers to within 9-5 and got him to home run #30 on the season. Reggie Jackson, who is leading the AL in homers, has been stuck on 31 home runs since September 6.
#31 September 20 @ Baltimore: Top of the eighth inning off Jim Palmer. A leadoff home run got the Brewers to within 4-2. Milwaukee tied the game 4-4 with two runs in the top of the ninth – with Scott driving in Darrell Porter with two out. But, the Orioles won with a two-out RBI double by Paul Blair in the bottom of the ninth. Reggie had hit his 32nd home run on September 16.
#32 September 22 @ Cleveland: Top of the sixth inning off Jim Bibby. Scott hits a leadoff home run in to tie the game 2-2.
#33 September 22 @ Cleveland: Top of the ninth inning off Tom Buskey. This was a two-out solo home run to give the Brewers a 6-5 lead. Unfortunately, Oscar Gamble drove in two runs with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and Cleveland won 7-6. Scott took over the AL lead in home runs from Jackson who was still at 32.
#34 September 24 @ Cleveland: Top of the second inning off Fritz Peterson. A three-run home run with one out made it 5-0 and knocked Peterson out of the game. The Brewers won the game 10-3. However, Reggie Jackson hit a pair of home runs in his game against the White Sox to even the home run race at 34-34.
#35 September 26 vs. Detroit: Bottom of the third inning off Ray Bare. This two-out solo home run made it 1-0 Milwaukee.
#36 September 26 vs. Detroit: Bottom of the seventh inning off Ray Bare. This was a two-out, two-run home run put the Brewers in front 3-0. That would be the final score as Pete Broberg tosses a six-hit shutout of the Tigers. That’s also homer number NINE off the Tigers in the 1975 season for George Scott.
He would hit five against Boston, his once and future team, and five against Oakland.
Home run #36 would be the final home run of the season for George Scott. He went into the final day of the season holding a 36-34 edge over Mr. October for the home run title. Then, Reggie hit a home run in his first at bat on September 28 and again in the seventh, which happened to be his final at bat of the regular season, to tie Boomer for the home run title of 1975.