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The Art of Scouting: Seven Decades Chasing Hopes and Dreams in Major League Baseball Hardcover – July 1, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ascend Books (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991275616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991275618
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The only scout ever inducted to the Royals' Hall of Fame, Art has been an integral part of the franchise since 1969. He grew up on the North side of Chicago, walking distance from Wrigley Field, and ran his own semipro team before his 13th birthday. He was a good enough high school player that the Hall of Famer George Sisler offered him a pro contract with the Dodgers, but Art was making too much money hustling his semipro games to take the paycut. Instead, he kept the team and started scouting for the Yankees--going full-time in 1958. Stewart left the Yankees to help start the Royals, and was key component in everything the franchise did from the innovative Royals Academy to building an organizational strength that was the envy of the entire industry. One of the best-known scouts in baseball, Art is considered the model for generations of scouts who've come up after him. He signed more than 70 players who made the big leagues, including Bo Jackson, Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran. The Royals were named Major League Baseball Organization of the Year four times by various publications during Art's 12 years as director of scouting. Sam Mellinger has worked at The Kansas City Star since 2000, the last four years as sports columnist. His work has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors, Kansas and Missouri Press Associations, and Best American Sports Writing. He lives in Kansas City with his wife Katie and son Samuel.

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A must read for the true baseball fan.
Ed Pienta
Great insight into scouting and the operations of a Major League Baseball team.
SJP
What a great insight into the life of a baseball scout.
Ken McGuffin

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ken McGuffin on July 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
What a great insight into the life of a baseball scout. The stories were not just humorous but full of information that the casual fan would not even think about when seeing a prospect reach the big leagues. Art Stewart is a credit to the "national game" and his story is a walk through my memory bank of heroes. I still remember my first major league game in the old Municipal Stadium in Kansas City.
I was fortunate enough to see the likes of Ted Williams (who Art said was the greatest hitter he ever saw) Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Harmon Killebrew, Brooks Robinson and so many other greats of the game. His history of being with the Yankees and then with the Royals from their inception is like a walk through my baseball past.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Recent years have seen a proliferation of memoirs done about those in many different professions. Baseball is no exception. This memoir is about a man with varied incredible experiences covering 7 decades. Now 87, he loves his work as a scout so much he continues to this day doing the very same thing - looking for the next great talent; for him, the next Bo Jackson, for example.
Yes, this story is of a remarkable man, of unusual skill and accomplishment. Also, it is told in a most engaging, literate manner. It flowed quite well and never slipped into either the saccharin or tedious.
It is a fabulous story told with ease and comfort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ken H. on July 20, 2014
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I've been a Royals fan since their beginning so, naturally the book was of interest to me. I think many other baseball fans will also enjoy reading it. It's like sitting at a table and sharing a beer or two with the author while he shares a lifetime of experiences. His accumulated knowledge is related in a friendly, conversational manner. The stories and his observations are interesting and make me wish we could really be sitting together so I could ask him many, many questions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.B. on September 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I got this book as a gift and although I am not an avid baseball fan, I absolutely loved it. The stories Art Stewart tells are warm, funny, insightful, and really have as much to do with life itself as they do with sport. You don't feel you are reading a book so much as you are sitting in Art's living room in a comfy chair with a cold beer listening to him tell, really, the history of baseball in our time. Would recommend to anyone who would enjoys learning about an aspect of life they may not know much about--a true behind-the-scenes look at America's most American sport.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Great Grandma of 5 on August 1, 2014
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Totally amazing book what scouts have to go through to sign players. Great book and was a joy to read. Well written.
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Format: Hardcover
I've worked in Major League Baseball, professional basketball and the National Hockey League for more than three decades. I know how valuable scouting reports and the work of scouts are to any team's success. The scouts are the unsung heroes. Most of the time, they know who's going to make it and in what role. Yet, you never see or hear from them. Until now. Art Stewart's book isn't a tell-all insider's story. If you're looking for that, go watch Jerry Springer. But if you're looking for something that gives you insight into how a player is scouted and signed and some of the great stories behind it, you've come to the right place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Lacen on August 17, 2014
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I bought this book for my husband for our anniversary. He's a big Kansas City Royals fan, so I thought it would be fit the bill. I had heard that Mr. Stewart and a Royals player, Perez, would be at Rally House to sign the book, and initially I had planned to have my husband get the book autographed. It turned out that he had to work that day, but it doesn't even matter. Usually my husband only takes a book to read when he takes his mom for doctors' appointments, but this book is so good that he has actually been reading it at home--when he could be doing other things instead of reading. It must be interesting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Goodwin on August 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Having been a lifelong fan of baseball and currently coaching baseball at the collegiate level, I find the stories and the history covered over Art's time in baseball to be fascinating. The experiences Art discusses gives a great insight on what the life of a baseball scout entails and what it takes at the grass roots level to build the product we see on our TV 162 times a year. I would recommend this book to anybody that enjoys baseball even the slightest as the storytelling and writing will keep you entertained throughout.
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