John Scott (Negro Leagues)

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John Scott also listed as Joseph Scott

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 170 lb.

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John Scott was a Negro League outfielder for seven years.

Scott debuted in 1944, hitting .327 for the Birmingham Black Barons to help them win the Negro American League. The team fell to the Homestead Grays in the 1944 Negro World Series. Moving to the Kansas City Monarchs, Scott was a backup in 1945. In 1946, he batted .306 with 11 steals, 5th in the NAL behind Sam Jethroe, Herb Souell, Willard Brown and Clyde Nelson. Kansas City made it to the 1946 Negro World Series but lost to the Newark Eagles. Scott played in game one of the 1946 East-West Games, replacing Bubba Hyde in left field and going 1 for 2 in a 6-3 loss by the West.

John started alongside Brown and Ted Strong for the Monarchs in 1947 and with Brown and Hank Thompson in the outfield in 1948. He moved to the Louisville Buckeyes in 1949 and was briefly with the 1950 Philadelphia Stars. Scott spent most of 1950, though, with the Farnham Pirates, for whom he put up a .312/.485/.444 line with 124 walks (to 40 strikeouts) and 89 runs in 106 games. He led the Provincial League in runs and walks (no one else topped 100) and was third with 28 steals. Moved to first base, he struggled with the glove, making 33 errors to lead the loop's first basemen by 13. In 1951, Scott hit .264 and slugged .366 between two Provincial League clubs. He drew 111 walks in 113 games.