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May 2020

In 13 major league seasons, this Brooklyn Dodger had a lifetime batting average of .324. In nine of his seasons, he hit .300 or better.  After his final season, the player became a scout and, for a period of 20 years, he scouted for several different major league teams.  In spite of his outstanding credentials as a hitter, the player is best remembered for his role in a play in which the Dodgers ended up with three runners on third base.

With one out and the bases loaded, the player hit a ball off the right-field wall at Ebbets Field. The player touched first base, then second, and headed for third. As he approached third base, he found two other teammates already occupying the base. The incident gave rise to a popular joke in which the straight man says, “The Dodgers have three runners on base.” The comedian then replies, “Which base?”

Who was the player/scout?  (a) Babe Herman    (b) Don Zimmer  (c) Carl Furillo    (d) Lefty O’Doul


April 2020

This former pitcher played for 18 seasons in the major leagues and was a five-time American League all-star.  No slouch at the plate, he had 81 runs batted in and hit five home runs during his career, including a grand slam against the New York Yankees in 1960. After his playing days, he was a scout for the Oakland Athletics and discovered outfielder Jose Canseco while Canseco was playing for Carol City High School in Opalocka, Florida.

Was it:  (a) Bill Monbouquette      (b) Pedro Ramos      (c) Camilo Pascual        (d) Virgil Trucks


Yankees scout Dick Groch, assigned to scout in the Midwest, watched [this player] participate in an all-star camp held at Western Michigan University. Though Yankees officials were concerned that [this player] would follow his girlfriend and attend college instead of signing a professional contract, Groch convinced them to select him, saying, “the only place this kid’s going is to Cooperstown!”  Who is this player?

Answer:  (a) Babe Herman.   

With Herman as the inspiration, the Dodgers became known as "The Daffiness Boys." Writing about the Dodgers of that era, sportswriter Frank Graham said, "They were not normally of a clownish nature, and some of them were very good ballplayers, indeed, but they were overcome by the atmosphere in which they found themselves as soon as they had put on Brooklyn uniforms."

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Answer:  (c) Camilo Pascual. 

The Athletics drafted Canseco in the 15th round of 1982. On the day of the draft, to emphasize his conviction on Canseco, Pascual dumped the contents of his wallet on the table in the presence of Oakland's scouting staff. He pledged to put all his money toward the signing bonus for Canseco if the Athletics would draft him.

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Derek Jeter

"I knew that he would sign with the Yankees if we were able to draft him.  He wanted to be a Yankee.  But the important thing is that you want to know how he plays without you in the park.  A lot of players will see you coming in and they will put on a show.  I sat in a parked car and watched Derek play.  I stood between bushes just watching him.  I wanted to watch him make an error.  I wanted to watch him strike out.  I wanted to see how he addressed his parents before and after a game.  I wanted to see how he dealt with his teammates and his coaches. I wanted to see all those things by myself, as if he didn’t know I was there."  Dick Groch, Scout