Note: This page is for 1920s pitcher Jack Scott; for the minor leaguer who played in 1950, click here.
John William Scott
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2½", Weight 199 lb.
- Debut September 6, 1916
- Final Game September 22, 1929
- Born April 18, 1892 in Ridgeway, NC USA
- Died November 30, 1959 in Durham, NC USA
On June 19, 1927, Jack Scott became the last pitcher to pitch two complete games in a day; he won the first, but lost the second. Dutch Levsen was the last pitcher to win two complete games in a day, in 1926.
Jack pitched twelve years in the big leagues, achieving his biggest success as a pitcher with the New York Giants after he was signed by them on August 1, 1922 and then went 8-2, after having been released by the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the year. He capped off the year by winning Game 3 of the 1922 World Series, which the Giants ended up winning in five games over the New York Yankees. The following year, 1923, Jack was 16-7 for the Giants, who again took the pennant.
Jack was also a decent hitter for a pitcher, and had some memorable years as a batter: with the Boston Braves in 1921, he hit .341 in 95 plate appearances; with the Giants in 1926, he hit .337 in 83 plate appearances; and with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1927, he pinch-hit 38 times out of 127 total plate appearances, and hit .289 overall.
Jack played for five different major league teams, all in the National League, getting most of his pitching appearances with the Giants and the Braves. He led the 1921 National League in games pitched when he was with the Braves. He also had at least six years in the minors, most notably going 20-20 in 1924 with the Toledo Mud Hens after he was traded to the minors by the Giants.
His SABR Biography states that he played for teams in Ridgeway, NC and Warrenton, NC before pitching semi-pro ball in 1914-1915, as well as playing for teams in Durham, NC and Greensboro, NC in the low minors. Scott seemed to frequently get hurt, and was out the entire 1918 season when his arm was burned in an explosion. He was released in 1922 by the Reds because of a sore arm. After his baseball days, he was a farmer and a town police chief for many years.
- 3-time NL Games Pitched Leader (1921, 1926 & 1927)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1921 & 1923)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 6 (1920, 1921 & 1923-1927)
- Won a World Series with the New York Giants in 1922