A small Midwestern college produced one of the most famous scouts of all time…a man who’s big league career lasted only a few weeks.
Bill Essick spent his entire career in baseball. A stellar career at Knox College just after the dawn of the 20th century led to minor league stops and finally a brief stint with the Cincinnati Reds. But he would gain much more fame as the man who wouldn’t give up on an injured young San Francisco Seals outfielder.
"The purchase of DiMaggio for $25,000 is my fondest recollection. It’s an old story now, but the moral is still good – to stick with something when you believe you’re right," Essick said before his death in 1979. " I think the [doctor’s] bill was $25."
Scouts are still the unsung heroes of baseball and this week in LA, some big names are getting together for a major memorabilia auction and fundraiser to help out those scouts who need financial assistance.
Vintage baseball EK