By Daniel L. Austin PhD
Late in 1937 Hugh Alexander, a child clean out of small-town Oklahoma, had simply accomplished his moment 12 months taking part in outfield for the Cleveland Indians while an oil rig twist of fate ripped off his left hand. inside 3 months he used to be again with the Indians, yet this time as a scout—the youngest ever in significant League heritage. 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 offers a gritty photo of studying the company at the highway, from American Legion box to try-out camp to beer joint, and making the superb differences among “performance” and “tools of the exchange” while trying out customers. 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 wide interviews and Alexander’s journals, is stuffed with memorable characters, pithy classes, snapshots of yankee lifestyles, and an enormous photo of America’s hobby from considered one of its nice off-the-field players.
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Baseball's Last Great Scout: The Life of Hugh Alexander by Daniel L. Austin PhD