Scout in '54 on young Don Drysdale: 'Give him the limit'

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The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. is opening up an exhibit called Diamond Mines this coming Saturday. In it, fans will be able to enter names of big league players into a database and search for scouting reports filed on those players before they made it big.

“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 said in a press release back in February. “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.”

And in advance of the exhibit opening, Idelson tweeted a little preview (click in the picture for a full-size version):

The "limit" here would be the maximum amount of money the Dodgers could use to sign Drysdale.

Drysdale would go on to make his big-league debut just two years and 14 days later as a 19 year old.

He would then post a 209-166 record with a 2.95 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 2,486 strikeouts in 3,432 innings. He won the 1962 Cy Young, made eight All-Star teams, win three World Series rings and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

So, yeah, he was probably worth signing to "the limit."

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