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Baseball's Last Great Scout: The Life of Hugh Alexander


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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 scoutand#8212;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, Baseballand#8217;s Last Great Scout, reads like a backroom, bleacher-seat history of twentieth-century baseballand#8212;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 and#8220;performanceand#8221; and and#8220;tools of the tradeand#8221; when checking out prospects. Over the years Alexander worked for the Indians, the White Sox, the LA Dodgers, the Phillies, and the Cubsand#8212;and signed the likes of Allie Reynolds, Don Sutton, and Marty Bystrom. This book, based on extensive interviews and Alexanderand#8217;s journals, is filled with memorable characters, pithy lessons, snapshots of American life, and a big picture of Americaand#8217;s pastime from one of its great off-the-field players.

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Dan Austin is professor emeritus of business at Nova Southeastern University. He has completed two oral history projects, one for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the other celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Negro Professional Baseball League in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Austin, Dan
University of Nebraska Press
Alexander, Hugh
Austin, Daniel L.
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8.5 x 5.5 in

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