Hugh Alexander

Birthdate 07/10/1917
Death Date 11/25/2000
Debut Year 1937
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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Heilbronner Baseball Bureau information card filled out and signed by Hugh Alexander in 1936 before his MLB debut

Heilbronner Baseball Bureau information card filled out and signed by Hugh Alexander in 1936 before his MLB debut

Signed by the Indians in 1935 at age 17, outfielder Hugh Alexander was a prospect in Cleveland’s low minor leagues. After hitting .348 and .344 in his first two professional seasons in Class D, Alexander got his call to the big leagues in August, 1937. Debuting a month
Reverse of Heilbroner Baseball Bureau card with mention of Alexander losing his left hand

Reverse of Heilbroner Baseball Bureau card with mention of Alexander losing his left hand

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.
Signed photo of Hugh Alexander with the Indians

Signed photo of Hugh Alexander with the Indians

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 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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