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Art Stewart has been part of the Kansas City Royals organization since late 1969, just after the club’s inaugural season. Anyone that has ever met Art has heard at least one of his stories. He recalls them with such accuracy that he often remembers not just the date of the story but the day of the week it occurred. For years, the only way to hear those stories was from the man himself. Now, those stories of Stewart’s life as a scout can be found in a book, The Art of Scouting. With the help of Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star, the stories come to life as Art details the behind the scenes life of a professional baseball scout.
“I dedicated the book to the scouts, past and present,” Stewart said at a press conference at Kauffman Stadium on July 10. “I really wanted to convey what a scouts life was like, the ups and downs and tell their story not just my own.”
“When [people] go out to a game, a lot of people don’t realize that every player on that field has been found by a scout,” said Stewart, who went on to note that players are discovered in small Nebraska towns, the inner-cities and developing nations like the Dominican Republic.
Stewart recalls conversations with Branch Rickey, who gave Art plenty of advice and words he still carries with him today, including that scouts are the “faceless men of baseball.” Behind the scenes, the game wouldn’t happen without them. To the public, most go unrecognized.
Whether it’s a story about being shot at in a foreign country, sneaking into a home so he could listen in on an opposing team’s offer to player, or the detailed description of the time and effort it took for the Royals to sign Bo Jackson, there’s a story for every baseball fan.
You may purchase a copy of The Art of Scouting at the Royals Majestic Team Store or online from Barnes and Noble
There will be a book signing this Saturday, July 26, at the Rally House in Independence, Mo., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All-Star catcher Salvador Perez will make a special appearance during the signing. Please note that fans must purchase a copy of the book to receive one additional autographed item (signed by either Stewart or Perez) at the publisher’s request.
By Nate Rowan
Today is July 11 and we look back at three events that took place on this date involving former Royal Bo Jackson:
July 11, 1987: Bo announces his new “hobby”…which he compares to hunting or fishing. His idea of a hobby? Running back for the Los Angeles Raiders. Yes, playing in the NFL is a “hobby” for the Royals outfielder.
July 11, 1989: Bo plays in his first and what turns out to be his only MLB All-Star Game, hitting a leadoff homer as the A.L. wins 5-3. Bo would add a single and a stolen base, becoming the first player to homer and steal a base in an All- Star Game.
July 11, 1990: Bo makes an outstanding running catch, then literally runs up the outfield wall at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. Here’s the video of that incredible play from MLB.com…we love the “Spiderman” reference !
A tremendous talent, Bo didn’t need luck, however, 7-11 was his day! Be sure to pick up a copy of the latest Royals Baseball Insider magazine during the Tigers series as Royals Hall of Fame Director Curt Nelson looks back on Bo’s All-Star Game heroics on this 25th anniversary.
The Kansas City Royals have announced that 2013 Royals Hall of Fame voting begins today. The on-line portion of this year’s vote will remain open to fans through Friday, March 29 at noon at www.royalshalloffame.com/vote.
The Royals Hall of Fame voting process was updated in 2011 into two phases. The Regular Phase takes place in odd-numbered years and focuses on former players. The Veterans Committee phase takes place in even-numbered and considers both non-field personnel and players who have previously received Royals Hall of Fame (Regular Phase) votes, but are no longer eligible for election in that manner. To be eligible for the first time, players must have been active with the Royals for at least three (3) seasons and accumulated a minimum of 1,500 plate appearances or 150 innings pitched. Candidates shall have ceased to be an active on-field member of the Royals (or for any other Major League organization) in the role for which they are being considered for at least three (3) calendar years preceding the election. The 2013 vote includes four first-time eligible players and six names that return after receiving at least 10 percent of the vote in 2011.
The eligible players on the 2013 Royals Hall of Fame ballot are (in alphabetical order): Emil Brown, OF (2005-2007); Al Cowens, OF (1974-1979); Jermaine Dye, OF (1997-2001); Al Fitzmorris, RHP (1969-1976); Jimmy Gobble, LHP (2003-2008); Runelvys Hernandez, RHP (2002-2006); Bo Jackson, OF (1986-1990); Darrell Porter, C (1977-1980); Kevin Seitzer, 3B (1986-1991); and John Wathan, C/OF/1B (1976-1985).
Fans will be joined by other voters, including all living members of the Royals Hall of Fame and select members of the Royals Board of Directors, Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Kansas City electronic media representatives and Royals front office staff, in selecting any Royals Hall of Fame inductees. The online fan ballot will account for three of forty overall votes with all three assigned to the highest vote getter, two votes for second highest vote getter, and one vote for the third highest vote getter. Any candidate receiving 75 percent of the vote will be elected and scheduled for induction during the 2013 season. Candidates must receive a minimum of ten percent of the ballots cast to remain eligible for inclusion on the ballot for the next Royals Hall of Fame (Regular Phase) voting cycle.
The Royals Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to celebrate the accomplishments of those players, coaches and other personnel who have made exceptional contributions to Kansas City Royals Baseball.
The first inductees were outfielder Amos Otis and pitcher Steve Busby. They have been joined by pitcher Paul Splittorff, second baseman Cookie Rojas, Manager Dick Howser, pitcher Dennis Leonard, designated hitter Hal McRae, shortstop Fred Patek, Club President Joe Burke, pitcher Larry Gura, Royals founders Ewing and Muriel Kauffman, third baseman George Brett, second baseman Frank White, first baseman John Mayberry, pitcher Dan Quisenberry, Manager Whitey Herzog, center fielder Willie Wilson, pitcher Jeff Montgomery, broadcaster Denny Matthews, pitcher Bret Saberhagen, pitcher Mark Gubicza, scout Art Stewart, pitcher Kevin Appier and Groundskeeper George Toma.
For more information and to vote for the Royals Hall of Fame, fans may visit www.royalshalloffame.com/vote.
Royals fans knew they were watching a once-in-a-generation athlete. Now, ESPN’s Sport Science has weighed in, naming former two-sport superstar and Royals outfielder Bo Jackson the “Greatest Athlete of All Time”. The Sport Science study looked at many attributes, including speed, power and reaction time. Jackson earned the nod from the Sport Science panel, beating out the legendary Jim Brown.
ESPN will air a “Sport Science Greatest Athlete of All Time” special next Sunday, March 10, at 2:30 CT.
A poll is currently online at ESPN.com, with Jackson and Michael Jordan in a close race for the fan vote :
The newest ESPN “30 for 30” airs tonight (December 8, 8 C.T. on ESPN) after the Heisman Trophy announcement and features a winner of the Heisman – one Bo Jackson. Bo’s story is one that always has sports fans saying…what if? What if his football injury had not happened?
While the injury was devastating, the film has a lot of humor as it traces Bo’s story from Bessemer, Alabama to the current day. We’ll leave most of the details a surprise and just say that this is a MUST SEE for any Royals fan (or sports fan or…anyone, for that matter).
You’ll see interview clips with: George Brett, Mark Gubicza, Royals beat writer Dick Kaegel, Royals Hall of Fame Director Curt Nelson and Royals Senior Advisor Art Stewart.
Below are details on my perspective as to how the “30 for 30” unfolded.
In May, I received a call from Kelsey Field, associate producer of “You Don’t Know Bo” for Radical Media. I helped her with background information and photos. She wanted to get in contact with people who knew Bo during his time in Kansas City. Jackson signed with the Royals in 1986 and many of the people who knew him have moved on. He was signed by Ken Gonzales, who sadly passed away in 1994. I checked with former scouting director and current senior advisor Art Stewart, who is a great baseball storyteller. He knows Bo well and was more than happy to speak with Kelsey by phone.
Fellow media relations staffer Dina Blevins arranged a time for Hall of Famer George Brett to talk with the production staff by phone (so they could get more information for the eventual on-site interview). Kelsey worked with our media relations boss, Mike Swanson, to arrange a date for production in Kansas City. Radical’s staff had several other stops to make – including Jackson’s hometown in Alabama, Auburn, L.A., Chicago and Nike’s headquarters in Oregon. Radical had to match up their schedule with interviewee availability of George Brett, Art Stewart and Dick Kaegel. And don’t forget…we had to work around our own busy schedule with the All-Star Game on July 10!
Radical’s team visited Kansas City on July 17 and 18. They took exterior shots of The K on July 17. The next morning, they interviewed George Brett and spent time with him on the field. Members of the staff had a few minutes between interview segments with Art Stewart and Dick Kaegel. I suggested a trip to the Royals Hall of Fame to get b-roll of Bo Jackson items that were in storage. They met with Royals Hall of Fame director Curt Nelson. Film director Michael Bonfiglio was so impressed with Curt that he asked him to interview for the piece!
When you wake up each day, you never know what may happen. Curt knew that the “30 for 30” crew was coming to Kansas City, but he had no idea that he was going to be interviewed. As you watch the story unfold, you’ll see Curt’s comments were in several parts of the film. Curt hired me in the marketing department nearly seven years ago. He is a good friend and I am happy that he got the opportunity to share his views of Bo’s story.
Enjoy the show!
A few of the early questions in today’s conference call with Pat White regarded his football career and his former coach, Rich Rodriguez, who is now at the University of Michigan. White answered those questions, though the 24-year old is eager to embark on his new journey as a professional baseball player. He’s had the opportunity to play baseball before – White was drafted by the Angels out of high school in the fourth round in 2004. He instead opted to play football for Rodriguez at West Virginia University. White wanted to attend college at the time and didn’t know if he was ready to be on his own as a professional athlete.
It has now been six years since White put on a baseball uniform. Scouts kept track of White and he didn’t forget about baseball. He was selected three more times in the baseball draft – by the Angels in 2007, the Reds in 2008 and by the Yankees in 2009.
White kept in touch with the game by going to the batting cages and playing catch. Recently, he has taken cuts with a local college team in Miami. He will soon embark for the Arizona Instructional League, where he sees himself as an outfielder.
Reporters asked White if he would take the Bo Jackson approach and play both football and baseball. The fellow Alabaman downplayed the notion, simply saying that Bo is on another level.
Here’s some exciting news, Royals fans! Zack Greinke will be on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated! Greinke is the first Royal to grace the cover since David Cone in 1993. He joins the likes of George Brett, Darrell Porter, Clint Hurdle, the 1985 Royals, Bo Jackson, and Cone as Royals on the cover.