Hugh Alexander

Birthdate07/10/1917
Death Date11/25/2000
Debut Year1937
Year of Induction
Teams Cubs, Dodgers, Indians, Phillies, White Sox
Positions Pinch Hitter, Right Field, Scout

Super scout Hugh Alexander discovered or signed more than 60 big leaguers including Don Sutton, Steve Garvey, Dale Mitchell, and Allie Reynolds.

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Hugh Alexander started his professional baseball playing career at age 17; his greatest fame came later as a scout

Hugh Alexander started his professional baseball playing career at age 17; his greatest fame came later as a scout

Signed by the Indians in 1935 at age 17, Hugh Alexander was a outfield prospect in Cleveland’s minor leagues. He hit .348 and .344 in his first two professional seasons in and got his call to the big leagues in August, 1937. Debuting a month after turning 20, Alexander had 11 at bats for the T
Hugh Alexander had an 11-game stint in the big leagues with the Indians before severing his left hand in 1938

Hugh Alexander had an 11-game stint in the big leagues with the Indians before severing his left hand in 1938

Louis Heilbroner opened the first professional statistical bureau devoted entirely to baseball. The bureau sent out information cards for players to fill out then kept the cards updated as part of their service. The image above shows the reverse of one such card filled out in 1936 by Hugh Alexander.
When an injury ended Alexander's playing career, the Indians offered him a job as a scout

When an injury ended Alexander's playing career, the Indians offered him a job as a scout

Before he became one of the most respected scouts in the game, Hugh Alexander was first a professional player. After two minor league seasons in which he hit over .340, Alexander was promoted to the Indians in 1937. He was just two months after his 20th birthday. In his big league debut against the White Sox, Alexander got his first MLB hit. Sadly it would

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