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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
Left to Right George Genovese, Joe Henderson, & Craig Weissmann

It’s early June 1964 Sandy Koufax pitches the third of his four career no hitters, to pace the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3–0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium.

Baseball scouts across the country were just like today, looking to sign the best players across the nation. During those days I will never forget seeing a number of scouts coming into our house at age 8 wanting to sign my brother Ken Henderson. There was George Genovese, Ray Boone, and many others. Scouts would run around the country trying to sign these players.

In 1964 there were many highly sought after prospects that all signed, including Rick Reichardt (University of Wisconsin), Tom Egan (El Rancho HS, Pico Rivera, CA), Willie Crawford (Fremont HS Los Angeles, CA), and of course my brother Ken Henderson (Clairemont HS, San Diego, CA). Rick Reichardt in 1964 signed with the Angels and received the largest bonus to sign that year ($200,000). These players along with other players that were called bonus babies at that time, had to be kept on the Major League Team the following year or could be claimed by another team. This was the last year before the Major League Baseball Draft in 1965 when Rick Monday was drafted number one by the Kansas City Athletics from Arizona State.

With baseball changing so rapidly in scouting in the mid 60’s, from just signing free agents versus the baseball draft, teams were changing their strategies. The tools they still used were written reports, the newspaper, and the phone. Validating the schedules of teams were very time consuming especially during the spring when there were issues with weather and changing fields. Scouts that had the right information and relationships were the ones that found the players. Scouts would end their days late at night and wakeup the first thing the next morning making sure the games weren’t moved or rained out. I can remember many nights my father coming home late at night after scouting, pulling out the dinner my mom cooked earlier and putting it into the oven or the microwave and then trying to get a few hours of sleep. Then the next day running from game to game and throughout Southern California, then the hotbed of baseball.

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