Problems are the price you pay for progress. -Branch Rickey- Every strike
brings me closer to to the next home run. -Babe Ruth- You can't think and
hit at the same time. -Yogi Berra- Baseball is ninety percent mental and
the other half is physical. -Yogi Berra- Ability is the art of getting
credit for all the home runs somebody else hits. -Casey Stengel- It's a
great day to play two. -Ernie Banks- A baseball manager is a necessary
evil. -Sparkey Anderson- There are only two seasons - winter and Baseball.
-Bill Veeck- Content Slideshow
What is a scout and what makes them so
special? Back in the day Major League Teams had what they
called bird dogs, today they call them Associate Scout's. What makes a
great scout or a coach? Is it just evaluating talent and being able to
project, knowing the heart of the player, or mentoring that player? Is it
getting to know the family, understanding who those kids are? It is all
of the above, but how many coaches or scouts have had the success
with athletes in multiple sports and helped change their lives for
Well I know one person for sure, George
he took it to different levels and arguabily,
might be one of the greatest coaches, scouts, and mentor for kids
was born in 1910 in Oakland California and at the age
of 20 he played with the San Francisco Seals in the old Pacific
Coast League. While George's baseball career didn't last long, his
impact in Sports in Oakland and the bay area is undisputeable!
George also joined the Army on April,1 1944 and is a World War II
Could you ever imagine a high school outfield that included
Curt Flood, and
Vada Pinson? Seventeen of Powles protégés made the
major leagues. Powles once had two of his players from McClymonds
High School playing for the Cincinnati Reds outfield in
Frank Robinson and
Vada Pinson who combined hit 842 homeruns during their careers.
Frank Robinson hit 586 Homeruns while
Vada Pinson hit 256. There was obviously a pipeline from
McClymonds High School, as the
Cincinnati Reds also signed
Bill Russell and he went on to be a lifetime .293 hitter with
most of his time being spent with the St Louis Cardinals. They were all signed
by Bobby Mattick who was a scout of the Cincinnati Reds at that time.
So who was George
lets see what some of the most prolific athletes of our life time tell us
who George was and what they learned from
learned more about baseball from George than I did from anybody in the big
"As a varsity coach at McClymonds High School, Powles encouraged Russell to
persevere after Russell was cut from the junior varsity -- a hard-to-believe
occurrence all these years later.
Russell stuck with it and blossomed as
a senior, learning under Powles the art of defense and shot-blocking, the
famous forces of his game that he utilized while leading USF to two NCAA
championships, the U.S. to an Olympic gold medal and the Boston Celtics
to 11 NBA titles in 13 years".
"George took $2 out of his pocket and bought me a year's membership to the
Boys' Club and then told the other boys, 'This kid's going to be good'. George
was the only guy on the planet who thought that. I couldn't even make the
homeroom team. "He gave us a sense of self worth that it was OK to be
ambitious, OK not to be afraid and really OK to find out how good you could
"We listened to Powles and behaved as he suggested," Russell recalls. "We
didn't get into trouble. We just won championships."
Joe Morgan, another Oakland Native who
was inducted into the Baseball Hall of
Fame was quoted as saying "I learned more in one week working with
George than at any other time in my entire career," said Morgan, who went to
Castlemont High. "He taught us what it takes to win. He taught us
fundamentals. He brought it all into focus, and it carried with me
throughout my career".
are so many livesGeorge
Powles touched. Whether it was
enouraging a young
Bill Russell not to give up on his dream, or all the
players he coached. All George did was give back to McClymonds
High School, the City of Oakland and the Bay area.
I encourage you to read and view all the articles I have attached for this
article as the recognition needs to go to them for keeping George's
accomplishments for all of us to see.