February 11, 2013 |
Edith Houghton, Major League Baseball's first female scout, died Feb. 2 at age 100, mlb.com 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.
June 18, 2013 |
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.
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June 8, 2010 |
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.
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 |
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."
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December 1, 2008 |
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.