A Salute to the Scouts
Baseball scouts are the unsung heroes of our game. Without them, there would not be any players to watch, to cheer for, and to emulate. They sacrifice their time, energy and family life to bring us the best talent from around the world, for which I say thank you.
Scouts are a hard working group of people. They drive from town to town, watching game after game from the bleachers of high school stadiums across the country looking for future major leaguers. In fact, most of the players they sign won?t make it to the big leagues. A player is a liability to an organization, until he reaches the majors, and then he becomes an asset.
In my opinion, scouts should have their own hall of fame, just like baseball writers and broadcasters do. That recognition would be the validation they so richly deserve. Their contributions to the game are endless, their love for the game is unconditional and their commitment is inspiring.
When my playing career ended in 1960, I became a scout for the Dodgers. I spent four years covering amateur games. My first territory was a seven-state area including: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C. I eventually moved to Southern California to scout that area. As a scout, my dream was to be driving along and come upon a ballgame. I would stop, watch the game and see a young ball player with talent and passion. I would sign this young man who eventually would become a star at Dodger Stadium.
I would like to thank Dennis Gilbert, Special Assistant to the Chairman of the White Sox, for co-founding the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation. The PBSF is an organization that helps scouts who have fallen on hard times. However, it also recognizes the top scouts at their annual banquet every December. Dennis has been a leader is working towards recognizing just what the scouts do for our great game; they are the backbone of baseball.