It’s funny how a baseball book can scratch the surface but never quite get all the way through. With biographies that seems to be especially true. For reasons unknown, perhaps shame, emotional reasons, or whatever some guys just never will give up the whole story. As writers and interviewees they have every right to do so, but in the end, it always leaves questions in the reader’s mind. Baseball players play an intricate part in the fans life. You spend 8 plus months following a player each year. Stats, stories, news and dramatic plays all find their way into our daily lives. So its only natural to want to know as much about your favorite players as possible. Unfortunately even after they publish a book you may not get all your answers. For me today’s book left me with some unanswered questions.
I have always felt the George Scott was underrated. Possibly because of some of the teams he played on and being overshadowed by his own teammates. Maybe it was the fact he had the same type of relationship with the media that Dick Allen had, and that effected his popularity. Regardless of the reason I never felt Boomer got his due. Due to that fact, you never really felt you knew or understood George Scott as well as some of the other players on the team. Ron Anderson has finally given the world a book that helps people understand and appreciate George Scott. The author did some serious homework with this book. Compiling interviews with Scott himself and countless friends, family and even some enemies, he has been able to portray a side of the man we never saw on the field.
From Scott’s beyond poor upbringing in segregated and violent Mississippi, his struggles to reach the major leagues and make it with the Boston Red Sox, you see a portrait of what made the man. Events that helped guide his life and molded his personality. You see daily struggles that he had to over come just because of the color of his skin and how those struggles effected him all of his days. You also see confrontations that were a result of all of these issues.
When you think of great sluggers, George Scott does not jump into a lot of people’s minds. He did have a very solid 14 year career and put up some pretty healthy numbers. This book does give some insight into the man, his career and events that unfolded before and during baseball that both helped and hurt him. The only part I would have liked to see is more about his life after baseball, off-seasons and more on a personal level. It did not lack in giving George the credit he deserved in any way. He finally got his due, it just felt like some part of the complete story of Boomer’s life may have been omitted. Perhaps by accident or by design, but in the end I still felt a little void.
Baseball fans of all teams will enjoy this one. You get a chance to relive a career that most times gets forgotten.
You can get this book from the nice folks at McFarland Publishing