Robert Scott, inducted 2017
|Robert “Bob” Scott was quite the baseball player coming along about the time Jackie Robinson integrated the sport. Scott never made it to the majors, but he was a star in the Negro leagues. Pitching as a 16-year-old for the Macon Braves, a team owned by his father, Scott was discovered by the New York Black Yankees when they played a game in Macon as they made their way up the coast after spring training. Scott said, “I could throw harder than a mule could kick.” Black Yankees management apparently agreed with him and signed him to a contact, and for the next four seasons, he pitched and played first base for the team and then spent one season with the Memphis Red Sox. The Black Yankees had one of the most famous teams in the Negro Leagues, and Scott got the opportunity to play with the likes of future Baseball Hall of Famers Larry Doby, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella. Scott also barnstormed with the Jackie Robinson All Stars. Playing for the Black Yankees, Scott earned $300 per month with a $1 per diem. After baseball integrated, Scott was signed by George Sisler of the Pittsburgh Pirates and was assigned to their Double-A team in North Forks, North Dakota, but he fell in love and got married in New Jersey and did not report and became a brick mason. But Scott never gave up his passion for baseball, playing on several semi-pro teams, including the Sandersville Giants of the Georgia State League, where one of his teammates was future San Francisco Giants great Willie McCovey. Scott retired from baseball in 1963. The New York Yankees recognized Scott as one of the greatest of the Negro League players.|
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