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By Daniel L. Austin PhD

Late in 1937 Hugh Alexander, a child clean out of small-town Oklahoma, had simply accomplished his moment yr enjoying outfield for the Cleveland Indians while an oil rig coincidence ripped off his left hand. inside of 3 months he used to be again with the Indians, yet this time as a scout—the youngest ever in significant League background. within the subsequent six many years he signed extra gamers who made it to the Majors than the other scout.

His tale, Baseball’s final nice Scout, reads like a backroom, bleacher-seat historical past of twentieth-century baseball—and a primer on what it takes to discover a winner. It provides a gritty photograph of studying the enterprise at the street, from American Legion box to try-out camp to beer joint, and making the high quality differences among “performance” and “tools of the alternate” whilst testing clients. through the years Alexander labored for the Indians, the White Sox, the los angeles Dodgers, the Phillies, and the Cubs—and signed the likes of Allie Reynolds, Don Sutton, and Marty Bystrom. This publication, according to broad interviews and Alexander’s journals, is stuffed with memorable characters, pithy classes, snapshots of yankee existence, and a huge photo of America’s hobby from certainly one of its nice off-the-field players.

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