For Gillick, who served as a scout and farm director before eventually becoming one of the most successful GMs in the history of the game, scouts are the people that have a pride and passion and love for this game.
“They don’t do this for monetary reasons. It’s not that well-paying a job,” Gillick said. “They do it for the love of the game, they do it for the love of the players. They do it for the pride they have when they see one of their players advance to the major league club. They are absolutely vital. The three championships we were fortunate enough to win, it couldn’t have happened without good scouting and good grassroots evaluations.
“There’s always been kind of a mystique about scouting, exactly what scouts do, and I think this exhibit at the Hall of Fame is going to be very interesting for a lot of fans that visit,” he continued. “There were so many wonderful people that came before us and it’s really an honor for them and for everyone here and for the future.”
Hemond echoed those sentiments, adding, “There have been so many people that have supported scouts in various ways, but now this is the culmination of it all.”
Bill Francis is a Library Associate at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.