Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Scout Nomination 2010

I've received many nominations thus far- If you have a scout in mind for the Hall of Fame feel free to email me at We will be nominating six scouts for the 2010 induction.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Jumping sports for a moment- I attended the Relay Sports Sponsorship Conference in NYC and got a chance to meet Clyde. A quick summary can be found by visiting my friend Russell Scibetti's site:

Saturday, August 8, 2009

2009 Scouts Induction Tour Ends With The Saints

Marti Wolever (Phillies) and Tom Greenwade (Brookyln Dodgers) were the last of twelve scouts inducted this year in to the Scouts Hall of Fame. Congrats to GM Derek Sharrer and his staff at the Saints for helping to make the last induction a memorable event for all.

Sioux Falls Induction- August 5th

We had a tremendous time at the Birdcage this past Wednesday. John Kuhn and his staff did a great job welcoming Bob Fontaine (Toronto) and Gary Hughes (Chicago Cubs). The scouts bronze plaques were unveiled for the first time, while each scout received a personalized letter from their organization congratulating them on this notable honor.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Stars Shine in Miracle Induction

On Friday July 10th the Ft. Myers Miracle inducted two new members into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame. Al Goldis and John Barr were present for the unveiling of their bronze plaques. This was our fourth stop on a six ballpark tour.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Rox Induction- June 26th

On Friday, June 26, Rene Mons (Milwaukee) and Roland Johnson (New York Mets) were inducted into the Scouts Hall of Fame at the Brockton Rox ballpark in Brockton, MA. Brian Voelkel, the Rox General Manager, did a tremendous job of welcoming the scouts and their families to Campanelli Stadium. The scouts viewed their bronze plaques for the first time, and each received a personalized Rox jersey.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Topps Visit

Thanks to Adam Zucker and Joe Vignier for their time and help in filming a special message for the scouts.  

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hudson Valley Induction- June 20th

We had a tremendous time at Dutchess Stadium this past Saturday. Eben Yager and his staff did an excellent job welcoming Joe McIlvaine (Minnesota) and Joe Rigoli (St. Louis) to the park. McIlvaine and Rigoli spoke with the media following their induction, and their interviews will be broadcasted during Dwight Gooden's appearance at the ballpark on Monday.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

2009 Scouts Induction Tour Begins with the Riverdogs

On Friday, June 19th, Tom Burns (Toronto) and Howard McCullough (Arizona) were the first of twelve scouts inducted this year in to the Topps Scouts Hall of Fame. We had a great time and look forward to the rest of the 2009 inductions! The second induction will take place today in Hudson Valley.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

2009 Scout Cards Arrived

Topps finalized the 2009 Scout Cards- Here is just a sample of what the cards look like this year. The scout signatures are on the front of the real cards.

2009 Induction Schedule

Many of you have asked when the Topps Scouts Hall of Fame Inductions are taking place. We have finalized the dates.

Charleston RiverDogs- June 19th
Hudson Valley Renegades- June 20th
Brockton Rox- June 26th
Fort Myers Miracle- July 10th
Sioux Falls Canaries- August 5th
St. Paul Saints- August 6th

Recent Coverage:

Minor League Baseball:

2009 Scouts Hall of Fame- Names Announced


Florham Park, NJ/New York -- Twelve veteran baseball scouts have been named to the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame (PBSHOF) for 2009 induction.

This is the second year of honorees, with the selections announced by The Goldklang Group, and sponsored by The Topps Company, who also include eight additional scouts in a trading card set paired with star players they scouted.

With players, executives, umpires, writers and broadcasters honored annually in Cooperstown at the Baseball Hall of Fame, this is a unique honor given to those at the very foundation of player development for the Major Leagues. The inductees are commemorated with their names on the walls at the six minor league clubs operated by the Goldklang Group (Charleston RiverDogs, Ft. Myers Miracle, Hudson Valley Renegades, St. Paul Saints, Brockton Rox and Sioux Falls Canaries).

This year’s honorees include the great Tom Greenwade, the only inductee who is deceased. Greenwade had a long scouting career for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees and is best remembered for his signing of Mickey Mantle, and later of Bobby Murcer. Greenwade, who died in 1986, also gave Branch Rickey the definitive scouting report that made him decide that Jackie Robinson was the player best suited to integrate the Major Leagues.

Greenwade, along with the Phillies’ Marti Wolever will be honored this season in St. Paul. Honored at Hudson Valley will be Joe McIlvane (Minnesota) and Joe Rigoli (St. Louis). Honored at Brockton will be Rene Mons (Milwaukee) and Roland Johnson (New York Mets). Honored at Ft. Myers will be Al Goldis (long time scout), and John Barr (San Francisco). Honored at Sioux Falls will be Bob Fontaine (Toronto) and Gary Hughes (Chicago Cubs). Honored at Charleston will be Tom Burns (Toronto) and Howard McCullough (Arizona).

Their formal inductions will take place on six different dates to be announced.

The scouts selected for inclusion on Topps cards in 2009, paired with a prominent player they have signed, are Paul Cogan, now a scout for Cleveland (paired with his “find”, C.C. Sabathia), Clarence Johns, Houston (Russell Martin), Mark Wilson, Minnesota (Joe Mauer), Pat Daugherty, Colorado (Matt Holliday), Fred Repke, Tampa Bay (Evan Longoria), Billy Blitzer, Cubs (Jamie Moyer), and Darrell Conner, Philadelphia (Cole Hamels).

(Last year’s inaugural year inductees were John Tumminia (Chicago White Sox), Tom Giordano (Texas), Tom Kotchman (Los Angeles Angels), Rudy Santin (San Francisco), Lennie Merullo (MLB Scouting Bureau), Buzz Bowers (Boston), Lon Joyce (Los Angeles Dodgers), Donny Rowland(New York Yankees), Brad Sloan (Los Angeles Angels), Art Stewart (Kansas City), Phil Rizzo (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Hep Cronin (Atlanta).

The Goldklang Group activated a ballpark campaign in 2008 to spotlight the tremendous dedication of Professional Baseball Scouts, tireless and devoted individuals who spend a significant amount of their lives on the road, and create recognition for their invaluable contributions to the game of baseball.

The criteria for induction includes a minimum of 20 years of pro scouting experience, with selection based on a combination of quantifiable success in the field, contributions made to the game in other areas of the sport whether professional or amateur, and importantly, their involvement and dedication to the local community that is honoring them through induction.

The PBSHOF is the culmination of recent broad scale efforts to create a forum designed to honor one of the game’s most valuable professions. The combined reach and recognition achieved through the partnership of industry leader Topps and the Goldklang Group has succeeded in shining a long overdue spotlight on scouts across the landscape of professional baseball.

ABOUT THE GOLDKLANG GROUPThe Goldklang Group is a sports entertainment consulting and management firm. The Group provides operational consulting and management services in all areas relating to sports franchise and event acquisition, promotion and operation.
The principals in the Group are Marvin Goldklang and Mike Veeck. Goldklang is a noted owner and operator of several highly successful minor league baseball franchises, Chairman of M.S. Goldklang and Company, a New Jersey-based merchant banking firm, and a limited partner in the Yankees. Veeck is a noted public speaker and author, as well as an owner and operator of minor league baseball clubs that continually are recognized nationally for their promotional innovation and financial success. (

ABOUT THE TOPPS COMPANY, INC.Founded in 1938, Topps is a leading creator and marketer of sports and related cards, entertainment products, and distinctive confectionery. Topps entertainment products include Major League Baseball, NFL, NBA and other trading cards, sticker album collections, and collectible games. The Company's confectionery brands include “Bazooka” bubble gum, Ring Pop,” “Push Pop,” Baby Bottle Pop” and “Juicy Drop Pop” lollipops. For additional information, visit

Contact: Tyler Tumminia (Goldklang Group) 845-705-4122
Clay Luraschi (Topps) 212 376-0496
Marty Appel Public Relations 212 245-1772