Bob Zuk

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Biographical Information[edit]

Longtime major league scout Bob Zuk was responsible for signing Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson, Willie Stargell, and Gary Carter. Zuk was a scout for 10 clubs over a 46 year career (1957-2003). Among other teams, Zuk scouted for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1957-1965), Kansas City A's/Oakland A's (1966-1968), Atlanta Braves (1969-1971), Montreal Expos (1971-1976), Baltimore Orioles (1978-1979), Toronto Blue Jays (senior scouting supervisor 1980-1982), Philadelphia Phillies (1983), and Seattle Mariners (1985-?).

The son of Russian immigrants who insisted he speak Russian at home, Zuk enlisted in the Army at the tail end of World War II, in 1946 and 1947. A pitcher, he signed with the New York Giants in 1948, but his playing career was quickly ended by a rotator cuff injury. He went to the University of California, Berkeley thanks to the GI Bill. He then found a job as director of baseball programs for the city of Oakland, CA.

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