Joe Devine (scout)

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Joe Devine was a former baseball scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees. He is credited for signing Joe DiMaggio to the Yankees.[1]

Baseball career[edit]

Devine was an outfielder in the minor leagues.[1] He was on the 1917 Boston Red Sox spring training roster but never advanced to the Major Leagues.[2] He managed a local baseball team in Seattle during World War I.[1] He scouted with Seattle Rainiers and managed a baseball team in Calgary before joining the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. After the Pirates he managed the Mission Reds of San Francisco.[1] By 1932 he was hired by Paul Krichell to be the New York Yankees chief scout on the West Coast.[1] He also signed Andy Carey, Jerry Coleman, Fenton Mole, Johnny Lindell, Cliff Mapes, Charlie Silvera,[3] and Leo Righetti.[4]

Scouting Style[edit]

Devine scouting style is similar to Krichell's. He not only looks for ability, he also checks a players personality and character to see if they could handle the pressure of playing for the Yankees.[3] He also looks for size; he only signed two players that were under six feet.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Cramer, Richard Ben (2000). Joe Dimaggio: The Hero's Life. Simon & Schuster. p. 66. ISBN 0-684-85391-4. 
  2. ^ Creamer, Robert (1974). Babe: the legend comes to life. Simon & Schuster. p. 135. ISBN 0-671-21770-4. 
  3. ^ a b c Emmons Bryne (February 18, 1948). "All California Lineup by 1950, Scout Joe Devine Aim". The Sporting News. p. 9. 
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