George Bertrand Prescott
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.
- Debut June 17, 1961
- Final Game July 1, 1961
- Born March 27, 1931 in Colon, Colon, Panama
- Died August 2, 2020 in Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá Panama
Ranking 6th all-time with 398 career minor league home runs, Bobby Prescott was one of the greatest minor league stars in the history of baseball.
Originally signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Prescott began his baseball career in 1952 with the Hutchinson Elks in the Western Association where he hit .350 including 47 extra base hits. He followed with two productive years with the Denver Bears ns the Western League, batting .316 and .311, and scoring 137 runs in 146 games in 1954. Prescott moved up to the Hollywood Stars in the Pacific Coast League in 1955 (143 g, 9 Hr, 8 SB, .276).
In 1956, Bobby had moved to the New York Giants organization. He had productive years with the Phoenix Giants (PCL) hitting .319 and .309 in 1958 and 1959, respectively. He also hit with power: 24 homers in 1958 and 21 in 1959.
Prescott was one of 12 players who appeared in left field for the A's that year, including even Don Larsen, the pitcher, who was there for nine innings. Others included Leo Posada, Norm Siebern, Deron Johnson, Jay Hankins, Wes Covington, Hank Bauer, Lou Klimchock, Chuck Essegian, Gene Stephens and Haywood Sullivan.
Minors again and Mexico
He was sent back down to the Hawaii Islanders where he finished with 32 home runs, 100 RBIs, and a .301 batting average in just 124 games. Traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system in 1962, Prescott's career in affiliated baseball ended here, but he still had a ways to go as a professional.
From 1963 through 1970, Prescott played in the Mexican League. During the 1964-1967 period, Bobby hit 37, 39, 41 and 32 homers, batting in over 100 runs in each of those seasons. During this period, Prescott led his league in homers in 1965 and 1966 and in RBIs in 1966 (122). In 1968, his home run total dropped off to 26 but he led the Mexican League in RBIs with 84.
Prescott ended his baseball years with minor league career numbers of 2,268 games played, 7,482 at bats, 2195 hits, 395 doubles, 57 triples, 398 homers, 1373 runs scored, 1531 RBIs and a .293 batting average.
Source: Minor League Baseball Stars, The Society of American Baseball Research