Scouts are part of the fabric of baseball. As the unsung heroes of the game, they are responsible for accurately gauging the future potential of athletes. None did it better than Super Scout Dick Wiencek. According to the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, Wiencek signed a record 72 players who went on to play Major League Baseball. Among the players Wiencek signed are Mark McGwire, Greg Nettles, and Hall of Famers Jim Kaat, Bert Blyleven, Alan Trammell, and Jack Morris.
Another record Wiencek holds may never be broken. In 1976 he drafted and signed six future big leaguers — Morris, Trammell, Steve Kemp, Dan Petry, Dave Stedman, and Steve Baker.
Wiencek won numerous “Scout of the Year” awards during his career and in 2005 was honored with the George Genovese Lifetime Achievement Award by the Professional Scouts Foundation, during their annual dinner in Los Angeles.
In this 1966 letter, the scout writes to Buzzie Bavasi to congratulate the Dodger General Manager on winning the pennant while thanking him for, “…all the courtesies shown me in your park during the 1966 season.”