Gallatin Scott

Gallatin Johnston "Kid" Scott, born August 18th, 1869 in Arkadelphia, AR1 , was a left-handed professional baseball pitcher from 1888-1889.


Scott was the son of Thomas Jefferson Scott and Florence Montoria. He was born in Arkadelphia, AR, but by 1880 was living in Hot Springs, AR2 . In 1888, at age 18, Scott debuted in minor league baseball, and as a result became one of the first known Arkansas natives to play professional baseball outside the state.

It appears Scott's baseball career began with with San Antonio and then Dallas in the 1888 Texas League. When the league reorganized in mid-season as the Texas-Southern League, Scott joined the New Orleans Pelicans3 . A season later, he had brief appearances with the Austin and Waco teams in Texas League.

Scott lived much of his post-baseball life in Houston, TX where he worked was a railroad yard foreman. He died there on March 30th, 19494 and was buried in Forest Park Cemetery5


"Gallatin Scott, the famous amateur ball pitcher of Hot Springs, will play with the New Orleans club the rest of the season"6

"Scott, the new pitcher, did not leave Hot Springs until yesterday. His ticket was delayed."7

" . . . Scott, the Hot Springs man, has been told to join the [New Orleans] club at once."8

"[New Orleans has signed] Scott of Dallas . . . Scott, he [Manager Abner Powell] says, is great in the box, although he has not quite got control of the ball."9

"Scott, the great left-handed pitcher, is still disengaged."10

“Kid Scott returned home last week from Austin, where he took sick and had to return. He is fast gaining his strength, and will be ready for play in a few days. Any minor league club in need of a good man will do well by securing him, as he is a great left-handed pitcher. He pitched great ball for New Orleans and Dallas last season.”11


Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.
1 Scott's Texas Death Certificate
2 1880 U.S. Census
3 Arkansas Gazette, 7/18/1888
4 Scott's Texas Death Certificate
6 Arkansas Gazette, 7/18/1888
7 Times-Picayune, 7/19/1888
8 The Sporting News, 7/21/1888
9 Times-Picayune, 7/24/1888
10 The Sporting News, 3/23/1889, p2
11 The Sporting News, 5/18/1889, p.4