Inductee — Evertt Scott

scottEvertt Scott

Class of 1986

Birthplace: Blufton, IN

Player

Deceased

Biography:

SCOTT, Lewis Everett (“Deacon”, “Scotty”)

Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame 1986.

Born: November 19, 1892, Bluffton. Died: November 2, 1960, Fort Wayne.

Height: 5 8. Weight: 148. Batted: right. Threw: right.

Debut: April 14, 1914. Final game: July 27, 1926.

Positions, teams, years: shortstop (1,643), third base (3), second base (1), Boston (AL) 1914-1921, New York (AL) 1922-1925, Washington 1925, Chicago (AL) 1926, Cincinnati 1926.

Games: 1,654. At-bats: 5,837. Home runs: 20. Average: .249.

A star defensive shortstop, Everett Scott once held the major league record for most consecutive games played. Scott entered organized ball in 1909 and joined the Boston Red Sox in 1914. His fielding ability and bunting skills made him an immediate asset, and his quiet manner earned him the nickname “Deacon.”

Scott played for Boston’s pennant-winning teams in 1915, 1916 and 1918, but the Red Sox began to fade after World War I and owner Harry Frazee began to peddle his star players. In December 1921, eleven months after selling Babe Ruth to New York, Frazee traded Scott to Yankees in a six-player deal.

Scott helped the Yanks to first-place finishes in 1922 and 1923, and in ’23 he led A.L. shortstops in fielding for the eighth straight season. He was New York’s starting shortstop for the first game at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 1923.

His playing streak began on June 20, 1916, while he was still with Boston. When the skein approached 900, statisticians discovered that Scott had long since passed the old mark by George Pinckney, a third baseman for the Brooklyn Bridegrooms who had played 577 straight games between 1885 and 1890.

A general team slump ended Scott’s streak in 1925, a year when the Yankees finished seventh. In an effort to shake up the team, manager Miller Huggins benched Scott after a game on May 5. His record of 1,307 consecutive games lasted until 1933, when Lou Gehrig surpassed it.

In June 1925 the Yankees released him to Washington. The Senators won the pennant, but he saw no action in the World Series. Scott, who batted .156 in 27 World Series contests, split the 1926 season between the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds. From 1927 to 1929 he played for minor league teams in Baltimore (International), Toledo (American Association) and Reading (International).

Scott returned to Fort Wayne, where he operated several bowling alleys. An avid kegler himself, he won numerous city and state titles and bowled 300 over 50 times. The Bluffton High School alum was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986.

From The Encyclopedia of Indiana-Born Major League Baseball Players, copyright © 2007 by Pete Cava. Reproduced with the author’s permission.