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    According to the 1954 Baseball Blue Book there were 497 paid baseball scouts working in the US and all over the world. Which state in the US had the most baseball scouts beating the bushes there?
    "He's tougher than a railroad sandwich."
    "You'se Got The Eye Of An Eagle."

  • #2
    Maybe New York?
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    • #3
      Right here in the Lone Star State! No clue, but a good guess.
      "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

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      • #4
        California is the obvious guess, so it's probably wrong.
        My top 10 players:

        1. Babe Ruth
        2. Barry Bonds
        3. Ty Cobb
        4. Ted Williams
        5. Willie Mays
        6. Alex Rodriguez
        7. Hank Aaron
        8. Honus Wagner
        9. Lou Gehrig
        10. Mickey Mantle

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        • #5
          I'll guess Texas. I'm thinking it's California too though.
          "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

          "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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          • #6
            Also thinking the obvious answer is wrong, I'll go with Pennsylvania.

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            • #7
              Five guesses and they are all wrong. You have to think back to the 1940s and 1950s era. The obvious states like California, New York, and Texas were in the top ten. I'll give you a hint:

              Which states had more than one major league team in them back in 1954?
              "He's tougher than a railroad sandwich."
              "You'se Got The Eye Of An Eagle."

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              • #8
                Another hint: When you read the answer you will probably say, "Really, are you sure?"
                "He's tougher than a railroad sandwich."
                "You'se Got The Eye Of An Eagle."

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                • #9
                  illinois?
                  .....
                  My top 10 players:

                  1. Babe Ruth
                  2. Barry Bonds
                  3. Ty Cobb
                  4. Ted Williams
                  5. Willie Mays
                  6. Alex Rodriguez
                  7. Hank Aaron
                  8. Honus Wagner
                  9. Lou Gehrig
                  10. Mickey Mantle

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                  • #10
                    I guess it's Missouri.

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                    • #11
                      Massachusetts?
                      "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

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                      • #12
                        Illinois and Pennsylvania are warmer.
                        "He's tougher than a railroad sandwich."
                        "You'se Got The Eye Of An Eagle."

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                        • #13
                          Well, Ohio's about all that's left.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BigRon View Post
                            Well, Ohio's about all that's left.
                            Ohio, the baseball prospect mecca, had 74 scouts in 1954. That's about one scout for every three high schools. ;-)

                            California had 56 scouts and NewYork 44 had scouts. I have no clue why teams needed to blanket Ohio and ignore Florida or Texas.

                            BigRon wins an unpaid position as Chief Scout for the Pakistani Cricket Club in the proud state of Ohio.
                            "He's tougher than a railroad sandwich."
                            "You'se Got The Eye Of An Eagle."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TonyK View Post
                              Ohio, the baseball prospect mecca, had 74 scouts in 1954. That's about one scout for every three high schools. ;-)

                              California had 56 scouts and NewYork 44 had scouts. I have no clue why teams needed to blanket Ohio and ignore Florida or Texas.

                              BigRon wins an unpaid position as Chief Scout for the Pakistani Cricket Club in the proud state of Ohio.
                              Well, Ohio has produced the 5th most ML players, behind California- runaway winner- New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. So, it was a fertile ground for baseball prospects. Combine a large population, lots and lots of small and medium size towns- hence lots and lots of high school teams, and a rich baseball tradition- I guess it's not too surprising that there was still a lot of interest there.

                              Actually, I was hoping to take over Paraguay- I hear it's the next hot spot.

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