Inductee — Rodney "Cool Breeze" Scott

scott_rodney_14Rodney “Cool Breeze” Scott

Class of 2014

Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN

Player

Biography:

Rodney played five different positions and changed uniforms six times during an eight year stint in the major leagues.  A three sport star for Indianapolis Arlington High School, Scott helped the Golden Knights to a city title in basketball and a baseball sectional title.  He signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Vincennes, but after the Kansas City Royals picked him in the 11th round of the 1972 draft, he decided on a baseball career.  He spent four years in the minors, stealing 85 bases in 91 attempts in 1974. In March 1977 the Expos swapped him to Texas.  Eleven days later the Rangers swapped him to Oakland.  He batted .261  for the Athletics in his first full big league campaign and finished sixth in the AL with 33 stolen bases.  Oakland traded him to the Cubs prior to 1978.  He divided the year between Chicago and Wichita of American Association averaging. 282 in 78 games for the Cubs.  He was on the move again that December then the Cubs sent him to Montreal.  For next two years he was the Expo’s every day second baseman.  He batted . 238 in 1979 and .224 in 1980, when his 13 triples tied for the NL league lead.  In 1980 he stole 63 bases and teammate Ron LeFlore swiped 97 in same year for a combined total of 160, a big league record for teammates.  In the strike-shortened 1981 season he stole 30 bases in 95 games.  He batted just . 205 and in 1982 the Expos released him after 14 games. In June he signed a minor league deal with the Yankees and hit. 192 in 10 games and was released.  In 1983 he was back in the Montreal system playing for Wichita, the Expo AAA team.  Rodney stole 205 bases in 690 games.  He believed shortstop was his best position. John Mayberry, teammate in Kansas City, nicknamed him “Cool Breeze” for his unflappable outlook.