Paul Krichell

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Birthdate12/19/1882
Death Date06/04/1957
Debut Year1920
Year of Induction
Teams Yankees
Position Scout

Paul Krichell was the Yankees head scout from 1920-57 and signed future HoFers Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Phil Rizzuto, and Whitey Ford.

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Paul Krichell is one of the greatest scouts of all time

Paul Krichell is one of the greatest scouts of all time

After a two-year big league playing career as a catcher fizzled, Paul Krichell turned to managing in the minors before embarking on a successful career as a scout. Considered one of the greatest scouts in the game’s history, Krichell is best known for signing Lou Gehrig out of Columbia Univers
Krichell signed Columbia University standout Lou Gehrig

Krichell signed Columbia University standout Lou Gehrig

Paul Krichell signed more than 200 players who eventually played professional baseball. Many of his guys went on to enjoy long big league careers. No Krichell product was greater than the Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig. Krichell was able to convince a 19-year old Gehrig to sign with the Yankees on April 30,
Paul Krichell received the William J. Slocum Award in 1954

Paul Krichell received the William J. Slocum Award in 1954

The New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America created the William J. Slocum Award in 1930. Among the first few recipients were Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, John McGraw, and Connie Mack. A tradition of excellence was established. The honor is given each year to those who’ve

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