Dollar Sign on the Muscle: The World of Baseball Scouting

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In a new epilogue Kevin Kerrane explores the world of baseball scouting in the late 1990s. Kerrane is a professor of English at the University of Delaware.
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Overview

In a new epilogue Kevin Kerrane explores the world of baseball scouting in the late 1990s. Kerrane is a professor of English at the University of Delaware.
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Editorial Reviews

Sports Illustrated
"The author spent a year with the Phillies' scouts when they were arguably the best judges of raw talent in the major leagues. The often hard lives of baseball's underpaid hunter-gatherers are rendered in lively detail."—Sports Illustrated
Wall Street Journal
"A fascinating look at the world of the baseball scout . . . some of the best baseball tall tales you’ll ever read."—Wall Street Journal
People
"The scouts who seek out major league prospects are like explorers, wandering the country’s amateur diamonds in the hope of finding a treasure—or a raw talent that can be turned into a treasure. A lot of what romance remains in baseball centers on this perennial quest, and Kerrane . . . captures it in this wonderfully affectionate book."—People
Philadelphia Inquirer
"One of the best baseball books to hit the shelves in recent memory . . . the story of the men behind the muscle mart . . . Kerrane scrutinizes this sometimes frantic, sometimes nostalgic, sometimes inspiring world. . . . For those in the stands, Dollar Sign offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at America’s national pastime."—Philadelphia Inquirer
Diamond Classics
"One of baseball literature’s most noble and enjoyable works."—Diamond Classics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671666491
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 3/1/1989
  • Series: Fireside Sports Classics
  • Edition description: 1st Fireside ed
  • Pages: 368

Meet the Author

In a new epilogue Kevin Kerrane explores the world of baseball scouting in the late 1990s. Kerrane is a professor of English at the University of Delaware.
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Table of Contents

Preface 9
1 Baseball Men: An Introduction 15
Spring/The Past 47
2 Scout's Honor 49
3 Seeing is Believing 65
4 Big Daddy 93
5 The Language of Scouting 109
6 A Piece of Work 126
Summer/The Present 137
7 Arts and Sciences 139
8 Cross-Checker 166
9 The Center of the Season 183
10 Notes from the Underground 213
11 Baseball Detectives 230
12 Young Scouts 253
13 One on One 283
Fall/The Future 297
14 Dollar Sign on the Muscle 299
15 Afterword 326
Index 355
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