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.
Read or Download Baseball's Last Great Scout: The Life of Hugh Alexander PDF
Best baseball books
This paintings takes a glance on the instances that experience had an important effect at the online game of baseball, akin to Flood v. Kuhn and Garvey v. MLB, which both made it to the U. S. preferrred courtroom or cited significant criminal concerns in baseball. additionally integrated are circumstances that discover felony concerns in baseball yet should not to boot recognized and instances that seem in such a lot activities legislation books.
Burleigh Grimes—forever to be remembered because the ill-tempered spitballer with the perpetual 5 o’clock shadow. for almost twenty years, he introduced his surly disposition to the pitcher’s mound. His life-or-death mentality led to a name as one of many game’s nice opponents and a place within the Baseball corridor of status.
Hack Wilson’s checklist 191 RBIs in 1930 may stand the try out of time, and so may well the checklist of his hard-drinking way of life. In Hack’s 191, invoice Chastain recreates the most efficient offensive season in baseball heritage whereas giving readers special perception into the lifetime of considered one of baseball’s such a lot interesting, enigmatic, and but ignored characters.
Baseball past Our Borders celebrates the globalization of the sport whereas highlighting the several histories and cultures of the countries during which the game is performed. This choice of essays tells the tale of America’s nationwide hobby because it has unfold the world over and undergone instructive, pleasing, and infrequently quirky adjustments within the method.
- Winning in Both Leagues: Reflections from Baseball's Front Office
- When the Sparrow Sings
- Pirate Gold: The 1960 Season
- Kansas Baseball, 1858-1941
- Legal Decisions That Shaped Modern Baseball
Extra info for Baseball's Last Great Scout: The Life of Hugh Alexander
Baseball's Last Great Scout: The Life of Hugh Alexander by Daniel L. Austin PhD