George Scales

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George "Tubby" Scales
George Scales 1931.jpg
2nd Baseman / Manager
Born: (1900-08-16)August 16, 1900
Talladega, Alabama
Died: April 15, 1976(1976-04-15) (aged 75)
Compton, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
1921, for the St. Louis Giants
Last appearance
1946, for the Baltimore Elite Giants
As Player

As Player/Manager

George Louis Scales (August 16, 1900 - April 15, 1976),[1] nicknamed "Tubby", was an American second baseman and manager in Negro league baseball, most notably with the New York Lincoln Giants and Baltimore Elite Giants. Born in Talladega, Alabama,[1] he batted .321 over a 25-year career during which he played several positions. He also managed for twelve seasons in the Puerto Rican winter league, winning six pennants,[1] and led the Caribbean World Series champions in 1951.

Buck Leonard claimed that George Scales was the best curveball hitter he ever saw.[2]

At age 52, Scales received votes listing him on the 1952 Pittsburgh Courier player-voted poll of the Negro Leagues' best players ever.[3]

After retiring from baseball in 1958, he became a stockbroker.[citation needed] He died at age 75 in Compton, California.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Pre-Negro Leagues Candidate Profile: George Walter "Tubby" Scales". Archived from the original on 2007-06-08.
  2. ^ Charlton, James; Shatzkin, Mike; Holtje, Stephen (1990). The Ballplayers: baseball's ultimate biographical reference. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow. p. 965. ISBN 0-87795-984-6.
  3. ^ "1952 Pittsburgh Courier Poll of Greatest Black Players"

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