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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 scout—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, Baseballs Last Great Scout, reads like a backroom, bleacher-seat history of twentieth-century baseball—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 “performance” and “tools of the trade” when checking out prospects. Over the years Alexander worked for the Indians, the White Sox, the LA Dodgers, the Phillies, and the Cubs—and signed the likes of Allie Reynolds, Don Sutton, and Marty Bystrom. This book, based on extensive interviews and Alexanders journals, is filled with memorable characters, pithy lessons, snapshots of American life, and a big picture of Americas pastime from one of its great off-the-field players.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803245013
Author:
Austin, Dan
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Author:
Austin, Daniel L.
Author:
Alexander, Hugh
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 photographs
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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