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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 taking part in outfield for the Cleveland Indians while an oil rig coincidence ripped off his left hand. inside 3 months he was once again with the Indians, yet this time as a scout—the youngest ever in significant League background. within the subsequent six a long time he signed extra avid gamers who made it to the Majors than the other scout.

His tale, Baseball’s final nice Scout, reads like a backroom, bleacher-seat background 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” while trying out customers. through the years Alexander labored for the Indians, the White Sox, the l. a. Dodgers, the Phillies, and the Cubs—and signed the likes of Allie Reynolds, Don Sutton, and Marty Bystrom. This e-book, in accordance with wide interviews and Alexander’s journals, is full of memorable characters, pithy classes, snapshots of yank existence, and an incredible photograph of America’s hobby from one among its nice off-the-field players.

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