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Mickey Scott – 1973 Topps #553

Ralph Robert Scott(July 25, 1947 – October 30, 2011) was a left-handed specialist pitcher in North American Major League Baseball (MLB) who played in portions of five seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos and California Angels from 1972 to 1977. He was born in Weimar, East Germany. Scott was selected out of Newburgh Free Academy by the New York Yankees in the 17th round of the 1965 Major League Baseball Draft. He was the first high school baseball player drafted out of the Mid-Hudson region of the Hudson Valley by any MLB club. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox for Pete Ward on December 18, 1969. He also spent nine seasons in the Minor leagues, mostly for the Rochester Red Wings of the International League. In 1971, he collected a 9-1 record with nine saves and a 3.38 earned run average in 54 games for manager Joe Altobelli’s pennant-winning and Governor’s Cup winning-team. He had an even better season for Rochester in 1974, when he was 8-2 with 17 saves and a 0.99 ERA in 57 games. In a nine-year minors career, he posted a 60-32 record with 46 saves and a 3.20 ERA in 297 pitching appearances. He was elected to the Red Wings Hall of Fame in 1998, along with Allie Clark, Frank Horton and Al Weber. Scott died in Binghamton, New York, at the age of 64.

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