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
Haak was born in Rochester, NY.
Howie was one of the first scouts to explore the Caribbean for future major
leaguers. Can you even envision the plane flights, boat rides, and
car rides back in the 50’s to the Caribbean. Even today it is a
challenge for scouts, can you image how it was back then? When you talk
about Legendary Scouts, Howie ranks right up there!
Howie Haak. He was one of those game changing scouts, that every Major League
Team dreams of, providing players that help to reach the ultimate goal of
winning the World Series.
Howie, in 1950, joined Branch Rickey in Pittsburg
after Branch Rickey left the
Brooklyn Dodgers. After drafting in 1954
Roberto Clemente from the
Brooklyn Dodgers Farm System in 1954 for $4,000,
Branch Rickey assigned
Howie to travel through Latin America looking for more players. Haak looked
for good athletes with good arms and speed, knowing pitching mechanics and
hitting techniques could be taught.