When Tary Scott first moved to Connecticut in the mid 1980â€™s, it was to pursue his dreams of playing professional baseball.
A prospect in the Red Sox farm system, Scott spent five years in the minor leagues including suiting up for more than 100 games with the New Britain Red Sox as a first baseman.
â€śHe loves all sports, but baseball was his passion,â€ť his wife Karen said. â€śHe looked forward to March 15 every year, that got him perked up through the years.â€ť
Tary stayed in central Connecticut after his playing career and made sure to stay connected with Baseball as he spent more than 30 years coaching the Wolcott High School baseball team including as the head coach for the last 24 years up through his untimely death Oct. 2 at the age of 57.
â€śHe was a humble person, if you saw him you wouldnâ€™t think he was a professional athlete because he wouldnâ€™t brag about himself,â€ť Karen said. â€śIt was just through working with the kids, he got known at the school and throughout the town of Wolcott and people respected him.â€ť
Tary posted an incredibly successful record at Wolcott of 415-190 and won a state championship 2016 along with reaching the state championship game in 2018 and 2019. He originally planned to retire after the 2020 season and return to his hometown of Jonesborough, Tennessee, but after the season was canceled, decided he would come back for 2021.
â€śI often say Tary Scott was the best thing to ever happen to Wolcott baseball,â€ť his friend Bob Budney said. â€śJust a great guy, heâ€™s got a heart of gold, a wonderful sense of humor.â€ť
A memorial service was held at the Wolcott baseball field Oct. 10 where current and former players, their families members and seemingly anyone from the local baseball community who ever met Tary, which showed to his family how important he was to the area.
â€śIt was touching from the memorial service we had at the high school that one of the umpires spoke, but 30 of them showed up in uniform and they stood in line in the back field and that was a touching affect,â€ť Karen said. â€śEven opposing teams, the coaches spoke on his behalf, which was touching.â€ť
While remembered by many for his â€śold schoolâ€ť attitude, those close to him will also remember his sense of humor and the care he dedicated to work as a baseball coach. He strived to find the perfect balance between being serious and educational with having fun and staying loose.
â€śSome of the kids were saying at the memorial that they were a little afraid of him when they met him, but once they got to know him they really loved him,â€ť said Dom Angiolillo, Taryâ€™s friend and assistant coach. A very good coach, very strategic. He brought a lot of the drills that he learned in the major leagues. He was just a fun loving type of guy, he was one of my best friends.â€ť
While success of Taryâ€™s baseball teams is apparent just from looking at a box score, the greater victories came for what he was able to teach his players beyond the fundamentals of the game.
â€śA lot of high school parents always worry about wins and losses and they worry about their kids playing,â€ť Angiolillo said. â€śAt the memorial, what every single kid talked about, they didnâ€™t talk about the wins and the losses, they talked about the good times, the impact that they had on their lives and the life lessons that they learned from him. Thatâ€™s the most important thing and he really told stories about his past and meshed it in with the game of baseball.â€ť