Dick Scott was always regarded as one of the finest three-sport athletes to ever come out of Maine. A graduate of Ellsworth High School, he was probably one of the brightest as well.
These days Scott is the director of player development for the Toronto Blue Jays, a post he has held since 2002.
His playing career was storied, and he earned a World Series ring as a member of the Oakland A's in 1989. He also earned one as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization in 2001.
Born in Ellsworth on July 19, 1962, Scott had an outstanding high school career, excelling in soccer, basketball, and baseball. He was a three-time All-State selection in soccer, a two-time All-State pick in basketball.
But it was baseball that he loved most. He was drafted out of high school by the New York Yankees in the 17th round in 1981. After eight seasons, he signed with the Oakland A's. He joined the team as a reserve and was a member of the World Series winners in 1989.
In 1991, his playing career over, Scott turned to managing. His first year, he was voted Manager of the Year in the Arizona Rookie League after his team won the championship.
He continued to manage in the A's farm system, earning the Baseball Weekly National Minor League Manager of the Year in 1994 after his Modesto team advanced to the California League championship, before he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1997.
He managed one year in the Diamondbacks farm system, then became a major league advance scout. When the Diamondbacks beat the New York Yankees in 2001 in a seven-game series, he earned his second World Series ring.
The next year, he was offered his current position by J.P. Ricciardi, the Blue Jays' general manager who had known Scott for many years. The two had met in 1982 and it was Ricciardi who brought Scott to Oakland in 1989.
Scott, who lives in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife Kristin and sons Ryan and Zach, also serves on the MLB Board of Directors for Directors of Player Development.
He joins his father, Jack, in the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. Jack Scott, a long-time coach at Ellsworth, was inducted in 2003.
Richard and his wife Kristin live in Scottsdale, AZ. They have two children, Ryan and Zach.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 2
Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.