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  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (May 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786443618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786443611
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former schoolteacher and journalist P.J. Dragseth is a graduate sociologist and professional writer living in northern California.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on December 19, 2009
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Before slick software and statistical analysts who crunch numbers to determine the next five-tool star, the science of discovering talented baseball players was solely based on reports from eyewitness accounts of scouts. And they worked their territories with meticulous care, since any field with a game or practice could have that pitcher with a live arm, a batter who is looking dead red no matter the count or the fielder who can get on one's horse like a champion Thoroughbred.

Journalist P.J. Dragseth explores the careers of 17 scouts in Eye for Talent: Interviews with Veteran Baseball Scouts. As the editor of this recent release by McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Dragseth steps back after brief introductions for each chapter and allows the scouts to tell their rich stories contained in the 234 pages of text and photographs.

"They're among the most respected men in the business for all their contributions to the game," Dragseth writes. "Most have a minimum of forty years in scouting; some have even more. Two others, now retired, are younger but have more than twenty-five years under their belts."

The foundation for the book is found in 1953, when Dragseth - then age eight- attended his first Pacific Coast League game at (San Francisco) Seals Stadium to see the Seals face the Hollywood Stars. Change for the young fan came at the end of the 1957 season when the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers headed west.

"My young mind saw the whole thing as a disaster while everyone around me called it progress," writes Dragseth. "To me the final insult happened when the Giants occupied Seals Stadium during their first season while Candlestick Park was under construction.
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