Paul Krichell

Paul Krichell
Birthdate 12/19/1882
Death Date 06/04/1957
Debut Year 1920
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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The William J. Slocum Award is one of MLB’s most prestigious honors

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William J. Slocum Award

The oldest professional sport in the United States, baseball remains America’s National Pastime to this day. The game’s current leagues were flourishing soon after the end of the 1800s. Every city with a team had multiple newspapers reporting their games. Sportswriters worked from stadium press boxes describing their team’s contests in great detail. The widespread news coverage helped grow the game.
In 1908 writers banded together to form the Baseball Writers Association of America. The BBWAA’s founding mission was to “ensure professional working conditions for beat writers at all MLB ballparks and to promote uniformity of scoring methods.
Early in the 1900s New York City boasted three big league teams, the Giants and Dodgers of the National League, and the Highlanders – who later became the Yankees – in the American League. The Big Apple soon became the hub of the baseball world.
One of the writers who covered the New York teams was William J. Slocum. Respected for his baseball knowledge and writing ability, Slocum quickly rose to the top of his profession. Well-liked, he helped organize the New York chapter of the BBWAA.
The Bill Slocom Award is one of the most prestigious awards baseball has to offer. The little-known honor has been given to more than 50 members of the Hall of Fame.

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