Died: Feb. 8, 2004 in Wildwood, Mo.
Jim Russo, a former scout for the Baltimore Orioles whose life became the subject of his book Superscout, died on Feb. 9, 2004 following a lengthy illness. He was 81.
In 1966, he was credited with the scouting reports that helped the Baltimore Orioles sweep the World Series.
Russo's experience as a player had been as a semipro infielder. In 1948, however, the St. Louis Browns hired him as a part-time scout. Three years later, he was a full-time scout and followed the team to Baltimore in 1954.
Some of his signings included Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, Boog Powell and Davey Johnson, according to wire reports. He is also the person who recommended the Orioles trade Milt Pappas and two other players to the Reds for Frank Robinson in 1965.
Source: Associated Press