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
I will never forget when I
Mickey Mantle and
Bobby Murcer where signed by the same Scout,
Tom Greenwade. What I didn't
realize is how many good players he signed and what an impact he had as
a Professional Baseball Scout. It wasn't just because he signed
Mickey Mantle , it is all about the players he signed or was
responsible for, and it is truly amazing, especially all the players he
signed from Oklahoma.
Tom started with the
St. Louis Browns but was later hired by the
Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944 and two years later he went to the Yankees.
The impact he made through his signing's impacted Professional Baseball
Tom accepted an offer from the
New York Yankees in December 1945. Before making the move he
Branch Rickey. It is reported
that the Yankees made him the highest paid scout in baseball. His
annual salary went from $3,600 to more
than $11,000, plus bonuses annually.
There is always the story behind the story. Tom grew up in Missouri and
scouted in the mid west. As a scout he signed so many players from
Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. He signed probably two of the
three best players ever to come out of Oklahoma,
Mickey Mantle and
Bobby Murcer. I am sure he would have loved to have
Bench too, but during that time
there was a
Tom Greenwade is a Hall of
Fame Scout. Tom was a trailblazer for what scouting was going to
become. He searched the heartland for players and sometimes extended
the search to other states.
Tom Greenwade's legacy lives on
with the players he signed and his contributions in baseball that were