Baseball's Last Great Scout

Baseball's Last Great Scout

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Late in 1937 Hugh Alexander, a kid fresh out of small-town Oklahoma, had just finished his second year playing outfield for the Cleveland Indians when an oil rig accident ripped off his left hand. Within three months he was back with the Indians, but this time as a scouta€”the youngest ever in Major League history. In the next six decades he signed more players who made it to the Majors than any other scout. His story, Baseballa€™s Last Great Scout, reads like a backroom, bleacher-seat history of twentieth-century baseballa€”and a primer on what it takes to find a winner. It gives a gritty picture of learning the business on the road, from American Legion field to try-out camp to beer joint, and making the fine distinctions between a€œperformancea€ and a€œtools of the tradea€ when checking out prospects. Over the years Alexander worked for the Indians, the White Sox, the LA Dodgers, the Phillies, and the Cubsa€”and signed the likes of Allie Reynolds, Don Sutton, and Marty Bystrom. This book, based on extensive interviews and Alexandera€™s journals, is filled with memorable characters, pithy lessons, snapshots of American life, and a big picture of Americaa€™s pastime from one of its great off-the-field players.Hughie used his judgment with a measure of luck to predict how a player would perform three years hence. It was his practical expertise. At least they got to play the game. He felt ... What would you rather havea€”a place where nobody cares?

Title:Baseball's Last Great Scout
Author:Daniel L. Austin, Hugh Alexander
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2013-04-01


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