Diamond Mines Exhibit at Hall of Fame to Honor Vital Role of Scouts in Baseball

Museum Partnering with Scout of the Year Foundation to Celebrate Work of the National Pastime’s Talent Finders; Exhibit Opens in May

February 19, 2013
The Museum's new Diamond Mines exhibit will open in May and honor the work of scouts like Cy Slapnicka, who signed Hall of Famer Bob Feller. (NBHOF Library)

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – They are the on-ramp for baseball dreams, where a child’s game officially merges into a way of life. 

Baseball scouts have fed the pro baseball engine for more than a century. And starting this year, they will be honored in Cooperstown with a National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit called Diamond Mines. 

The Museum will unveil the new interactive exhibit dedicated to scouts May 4 in Cooperstown, beginning a planned two-year run. The exhibit is made possible with the support of the Scout of the Year Foundation. The exhibit will be featured on the Museum’s second floor and feature a searchable database of thousands of scouting reports donated to the Hall of Fame throughout the years by hundreds of scouts, including legends such as Roland Hemond and George Genovese and even Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, who scouted for the Dodgers before beginning his career in the dugout. 

“The exhibit will explore and bring light to the untold and under-appreciated part of the game, which is scouting,” said Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. “There will be artifacts from different scouts, and the centerpiece will be an interactive data base with 6,000 reports and growing. It will allow a fan to understand how a kid on a sandlot ends up on a major league club, and in some cases, the Hall of Fame.” 

Through Diamond Mines, Museum visitors will be able to enter the name of a big league player and search for scouting reports filed on them throughout the years. Reports from more than 200 scouts have already been added to the database. 

“The soul of our National Pastime and the success of the sport has always been through the vision of the Professional Baseball Scout,” said Roberta Mazur, President, Scout of the Year Foundation. 

The exhibit will also feature three-dimensional artifacts such as radar guns and stopwatches that have served as scouts’ tools of the trade for decades. The exhibit will provide an insider’s view of the essential link between the amateur game and professional baseball and will also recognize Scout of the Year Award winners, an honor given by the Scout of the Year Program since 1984. 

Details on the celebration surrounding the opening of Diamond Mines in May will be announced soon at www.baseballhall.org. 

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an independent not-for-profit educational institution, dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our National Pastime. 

The Museum's collections contain nearly 40,000 three-dimensional artifacts representing all facets of the game, from its inception in the mid-19th century to present. Three-dimensional artifacts include bats, baseballs, uniforms, player equipment, ballpark artifacts, awards, artwork, textiles, tickets, collectibles and assorted memorabilia. In addition, the Institution’s archives contain in excess of 135,000 Baseball cards and three million Library items, including photographs, books, magazines, newspaper clippings, films, video and audio tapes. 

Located on Main Street in the heart of picturesque Cooperstown, New York, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the country’s major tourist destinations and is surely the best-known sports shrine in the world. Opening its doors for the first time on June 12, 1939, the Hall of Fame has stood as the definitive repository of the game’s treasures and as a symbol of the most profound individual honor bestowed on an athlete. It is every fan’s "Field of Dreams," with its stories, legends and magic to be passed on from generation to generation. 

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