This day in baseball: Misleading scouting report favors Brooklyn

In order to protect his own job on the Boston infield, Red Sox player-manager Joe Cronin filed a scouting report on Pee Wee Reese that understated the 21-year-old’s abilities.  As a result of this report, on July 18, 1939, the Red Sox traded Reese to the Brooklyn Dodgers for $35,000 and a player to be named later (Red Evans), as well as three minor league players.  Reese would go on to help Brooklyn win seven pennants during his 16 seasons with the team.

Image from a 1950s television commercial for Gillette Super-Speed Razors

Pee Wee Reese (Image from a 1950s television commercial for Gillette Super-Speed Razors)

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2 Comments on “This day in baseball: Misleading scouting report favors Brooklyn”

  1. verdun2 says:

    And we Dodgers fans thank him. 🙂
    v


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