George Scott, one of my favourite Red Sox players, died on Sunday in Greenville, Mississippi, at the age of 69.
In 1977, the first season of Scott's second stint with the Red Sox, the 13-year-old me sent a letter to the team asking for Scott's autograph. About six weeks later, a signed photo arrived. I still have the picture and the envelope it came in.
That season was one I remember as a great deal of fun. Scott mashed 33 taters for a homer-happy Red Sox club that won 97 games and finished in second place.
The card at left is from that summer and shows the Boomer wearing his necklace of what he claimed were second basemen's teeth.
Here is SoSH's thread on Scott.
[Also: Frank Castillo, who pitched for the Red Sox in 2001, 2002 and 2004, drowned on Sunday. He was 44.]