Museum Debuts 'Diamond Mines' Exhibit to Honor Tireless Work of Baseball Scouts

The National Pastime’s Talent Finders Celebrated in Cooperstown

May 04, 2013
Diamond Mines was officially unveiled Friday night at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. *List of names below. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – The end of a legendary baseball career means a place in Cooperstown. The beginning – of every pro career – means interaction with a baseball scout.

Today, scouts have their own home at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum with the opening of Diamond Mines.

The Museum debuted its new interactive exhibit on Saturday with a day of special programs and a cast of baseball luminaries, including Hall of Famer Pat Gillick, 2011 Buck O’Neil Award winner Roland Hemond and Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz, on hand for the celebration. Diamond Mines, made possible with the support of the Scout of the Year Foundation, begins a scheduled two-year run in the Museum’s second floor timeline and features a computer interactive of an Anatomy of a Scouting Report that includes more than two dozen reports on players.

The exhibit, which is included with Museum admission, features three-dimensional artifacts such as radar guns and stopwatches that have served as scouts’ tools of the trade for decades. The exhibit provides an insider’s view of the essential link between the amateur game and professional baseball and also recognizes Scout of the Year Award winners, an honor given by the Scout of the Year Foundation since 1984.

Through Diamond Mines, Museum visitors can enter the name of a big league player and search for scouting reports filed on them throughout the years. More than 12,000 scouting reports covering 400 scouts and 4,000 players who have appeared in the big leagues since 1952 will be available through an internet database at scouts.baseballhall.org.

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) provided data linking more than 11,000 current and former major leaguers for Diamond Mines, with the names of their signing or recommending scout, the first time this information has been available for the general public. The SABR Scouts Committee’s relational database includes a registry of more than 7,000 professional baseball scouts, with information compiled over the past decade by a dedicated team of volunteer researchers led by Rod Nelson and the late Jim Sandoval, assisted by database specialists Ted Turocy and Sean Lahman and committee co-chair Joe Hamrahi.

For more information on Diamond Mines, please visit www.baseballhall.org.

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In the photo: From left, Miami Marlins Vice President of Player Personnel; Linda Perreira, Director of Player Personnel of the San Jose Giants; Hall of Fame Senior Director of Exhibitions and Collections Erik Strohl; Roberta Mazur of the Scout of the Year Foundation; Joe Klein, Executive Director of the Atlantic League; Arizona Diamondbacks Special Assistant to the President and CEO Roland Hemond; Hall of Fame Curator of History and Research John Odell; Hall of Famer Pat Gillick; and Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson officially cut the ribbon to open the exhibit.