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BATTLE OF WITS KEEN BETWEEN MINOR LEAGUE
, OWNERS AND SCOUTS
By Billy Evans. . -3
The scout has played a leading part in baseball's progress. Ten
-years ago the scout was almost unknown. Today the Sherlock
Holmes of the diamond plays a prominent rdle in a pennant winning
club. Much of the success of a team depends on the ability of' the
scout or scouts. r f " -
To the uninitiated, the position of baseball scout is- alluring. It
is the duty of the scout to travel from coast to coast during the sum
mer months, with nothing to do save take in games. He gets a fat
salary arid his expenses. - Should he discover a youngster who sud
denly develops into a star, it is almost certain the club owner In
question will give him a bonus. Like all other positions which re
quire much traveling, the jo"b is not as easy as it looks -
Many present-day stars were picked up in the rough bythe
scouts, and molded into the great players they are' now. Many a
good sto'ry is related by the scouts of their dealings with "jmitfor
league owners. The Mention that a big league' scbut js 1n town
causes the price of ball players to soar. The owners are, trying to'
get the top notch price, while the scout likes to make a "hit with his
employer by getting the player as cheaply as possible. f
A, well-known big league scout tells an interesting tale of howl
he slipped one over on a minor leaue club owner. The scout dropped
in unexpectedly and was pleased by the work of an outfielder. He
watched 'him for several days, and his belief in the player's ability
was strengthened. He did not ive the owner the slightest idea as t
which nlaver he was after.
There was an infielder on the club incliheoTfb
the sensational, but he was. erratic and not up to
major league class. The scout asked for a price on
After much discussion he took the player oh trial,
the club to pay $3,000 for him if he made good.
That evening the player accompanied the scout
to the depot, as did the manager. The player was to
return with the scout for a trial in the majors. 'Just
before the train pulled in, the scout flashed a roll of
bills and said: "I would be willing to take a $500 chance on that"
youngster you have in the outfield." The owner areed and went
home satisfied. Two weeks later the infielder was returned. The
outfielder is a star in; the big show today. "v
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