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February 11, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Edith Houghton, Major League Baseball's first female scout, died Feb. 2 at age 100, is reporting . Houghton played on several women's teams during the 1920s and '30s, including the Hollywood Girls. She was hired as a scout by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1946 and worked in that capacity until 1952, when she left to serve in the military in the Korean War. She signed 15 players while she was a scout. None of them made it to the majors. Houghton died eight days short of her 101st birthday.
April 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A Boy Scout troop in Seattle that was chartered in November lost its affiliation with the national organization last week after refusing to remove a scout leader who is gay, Boy Scouts of America said. Geoffrey McGrath first announced his sexual orientation in 1988. But last month, his personal life caught the Boy Scouts' attention. McGrath had answered a news reporter's question about his sexual orientation during an interview about his troop, and the reporter in turn checked in with Boy Scouts officials.
October 28, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Larry Corrigan, a major league special assignment scout for the Angels for the past two years, is leaving the organization to return to the Minnesota Twins, the team with which he spent 20 years (1987-2007) in various scouting roles. Corrigan, 62, played seven minor league seasons in the Dodgers and Twins organizations and spent four years (1981-84) as the Iowa State University head coach before moving into professional scouting. He was a special assistant to the general manager for four years (2008-11)
April 17, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
John Claerhout, a former Boy Scouts of America executive known for his finesse at fundraising and his promotion of scouting programs for thousands of inner-city Los Angeles teenagers, has died in a Northridge hospital. He was 85. Claerhout underwent quadruple bypass surgery two weeks before his April 4 death from complications of pneumonia, said his son Kevyn Claerhout. Claerhout was a masterful networker who recruited a stream of local and national celebrities for gala dinners benefiting the Scouts.
May 24, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Legrendary baseball scout Epy Guerrero, 71, died Thursday in the Dominican Republic, the Toronto Blue Jays announced. The Blue Jays held a moment of silence before Thursday night's game against Baltimore in memory of Guerrero. Guerrero signed outfielder Cesar Cedeno for Houston in the 1970s before becoming a scout for Toronto. He scouted and recommended the signings of Tony Fernandez, Alfredo Griffin, George Bell and Carlos Delgado. Delgado sent the following tweet: Just heard the sad news that my super scout Epy Guerrero died today.
June 18, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
How's this for the NFL growing its fan base in London? According to the Daily Mirror , retired soccer star David Beckham was offered a tryout with an undisclosed NFL team as a kicker. The report says Beckham, 38, was approached by a scout during his playing days, when he was mulling his future with the Los Angeles Galaxy and before his swan song with Paris Saint Germain. “The offer came in and he politely said that it wasn't right for him,” a source told the British national tabloid.
August 15, 2009
I want to applaud The Times and Bill Plaschke for recognizing Phil Pote [Aug. 8], one of the true heroes in our sports community. Plaschke's article on Phil was informative, well-written and, above all, well-deserved. Similar to the TV show "The White Shadow," Phil Pote was an inner-city high school teacher and coach, having dedicated years at Fremont. He has championed keeping minority youth off the streets and on the field, out of trouble. As much recognition as The Times has given him, he deserves all of it and more.
May 16, 2010 | By Broderick Turner
The Lakers- Phoenix Suns series has plenty of intrigue, even for an NBA scout who is home for the summer with his family after a laborious season of games and travel. Game 1 of the Western Conference finals is Monday night at Staples Center, and this West scout said he'll watch every game. "I would watch this series because it's a matchup of two different styles," the scout said. "It's the three-point shooting and pace of play by the Suns and size and length of the Lakers."
June 8, 2010 | From a Times Staff Writer
Jerry Stephenson, a longtime scout for the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox who had a seven-year pitching career in the major leagues with the Red Sox, Seattle Pilots and Dodgers, died of cancer Sunday at his Fullerton home, publicist Steve Brener said. He was 66. Stephenson was part of the 1967 Red Sox team that reached the World Series. He won three regular-season games after being called up from the minors in August and appeared as a relief pitcher in one game during the World Series, which the Red Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals.
December 1, 2008 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Robert "Red" Murff, 87, the New York Mets scout who discovered Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, died Friday at a nursing home in Tyler, Texas. The cause of death was not given. Murff filed this report on 17-year-old Ryan of Alvin, Texas, in 1964: "Skinny right-handed junior. Has the best arm I've ever seen in my life. Could be a real power pitcher someday." Although Ryan stood 6 feet 2 and could throw a baseball 100 mph, he weighed only 150 pounds as a high school player and often had no idea where his fastball was going, putting off most scouts who came to watch him pitch.
March 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
For more than two decades, the West Coast has played the part of Major League Baseball's strange uncle. You know, the one who is invited to the family reunion but hardly ever gets to sit at the head table. In the last 22 seasons, only three teams west of the Rockies - the team and the mountain range - have won a World Series. In 17 of those seasons, a team from the Pacific time zone didn't even advance to the game's biggest showcase. However, the tide may be turning. In the National League, San Francisco has won two of the last three championships and the Dodgers, with the game's highest payroll and best pitcher in 26-year-old Clayton Kershaw, seem poised to begin a dynasty.
March 30, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The name is familiar, but the title is not. The Angels hired Rick Eckstein, the older brother of former World Series-winning Angels shortstop David Eckstein, as their major league player information coach in November, which begs the question: What the heck - or would that be what the Eck? - is a player information coach? In short, it's a position that combines scouting and on-field coaching duties. "It's a hybrid role," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said, "one that will be very valuable to our club.
March 29, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
HOUSTON  - Even as the Clippers try to prepare for the playoffs that they will be in for the third consecutive season, it's not an easy task. It's a difficult challenge for the Clippers because of the uncertainly of whom they might face in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. The Clippers, who have eight regular-season games left, could play any of four teams in the West because of all the jockeying that's still going on for playoff positions. Because things are so fluid, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he now looks at the West standings more than he did in the past.
March 12, 2014 | By Chris Foster
LAS VEGAS  - Kyle Anderson has that look again, the one he wears as he warms up before every basketball game. It's a predator's glare. Hungry. Determined. A little angry. The sophomore guard's UCLA teammates say he is fun to be around. But as he prepares to compete, he doesn't look like fun. "He likes to dance," said guard Jordan Adams, his roommate. "His favorite is the Dougie. But that's for behind the scenes. " For public consumption, Anderson paces around the court like a boxer in a ring, just waiting to get at that other guy. His head typically down, his face stoic, a you're-dead-to-me look emanates from his eyes.
March 6, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
A partnership between Mattel's Barbie and the Girl Scouts is under fire by two advocacy groups who say the deal harms young girls.  Announced in August , the partnership introduced a new Girl Scouts patch for Daisies and Brownies -- girls in kindergarten through third grade -- which features the Barbie logo and the slogan: "Be anything, Do everything. " The partnership is intended to promote a variety of careers Girl Scouts can explore.  The two groups --the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream -- criticized the move.
March 5, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Selling Girl Scout cookies can teach a children about hard work, fundraising and the best ways to get customers to buys Samoas, Thin Mints and Do-si-dos. Riverside County authorities say there is another lesson: Beware of fake money. In late February, police officers in Lake Elsinore were called to the area near Lakeshore and Riverside drives about at least one person suspected of buying cookies with counterfeit currency. Authorities say surveillance video captured a "person of interest," and investigators are hoping the public can help identify the woman on camera.
November 21, 1993
Justice Thomas F. Crosby Jr. may think it's "silly," but the (Boy) Scouts have every right to set moral and religious standards for their organization. The court case in question ("Scouting Dispute 'Silliness,' " Nov. 17) is an attack on the freedom of religion of those who wish to enroll their children in a voluntary, private organization that reflects their values and beliefs. If the father who's using his twins to push his own agenda wants to enroll his children in an atheistic camping organization, he is free to do so. He should leave Christians, Jews, Muslims and others to be free to enroll their children in organizations that recognize God. There is a fundamental principle at play here.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. For the past seven years, Bob Pfeifer has been knocking around the music scene, trying to convince a major-label A&R exec to give him a shot at the spotlight. A bona-fide underground popster, Pfeifer founded the Human Switchboard, a short-lived group that produced one critically beloved album ("Who's Landing in My Hangar"), then broke up, leaving Pfeifer with a solo career (he recently put out an album on Jem Records).
March 4, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The national commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America said the decision by Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. to cut funding for the organization over its ban on adult leaders who are gay was disappointing, but not a surprise. Tico Perez told the Orlando Sentinel that  Disney was "very forthright that this was coming down the pike," and that the Boy Scouts hoped to work with the media giant in the future "where our interests align. " Disney's decision  was made public  after the president of a Boy Scouts council in  Apopka , Fla., sent local troops a memo on the move.
March 3, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Walt Disney Co. said it will stop financial support for Boy Scouts-related organizations beginning next year because of the Scouts' policy banning adult leaders who are gay. The Boy Scouts said it is "disappointed" with the move. The company's decision was made public after the president of a Boy Scouts council in Apopka, Fla., sent local troops a memo on Disney's move. Robert Utsey's letter was posted on a website for Scouts for Equality, an organization advocating against the ban on gay leaders, according to the Associated Press.
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