Family Donates 300 Genovese Scouting Reports to Hall of Fame

The generosity of donors is the lifeblood of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The granddaughters of George Genovese, the longtime scout who spent his entire adult life involved in the game, honored their recently deceased grandfather with a donation that tells the story of one of the game’s great scouts.

Genovese, who passed away in November 2015 at the age of 93, was raised in Staten Island, N.Y., but made a name for himself as a three-decade Southern California scout for San Francisco Giants. A 5-foot-6 middle infielder who spent a dozen years in the minors, he played in three big league games and received one at-bat for the 1950 Washington Senators.

After 10 seasons managing in the minors, Genovese embarked on a career as a talent scout for the Giants in talent-rich California. He maintained an affiliation with the Giants until 1994, then joined the Dodgers as a scouting consultant.

During Genovese’s time with the Giants he signed such future big leaguers as George Foster, Jack Clark, Bobby Bonds, Chili Davis, Gary Matthews, Matt Williams, Royce Clayton, Dave Kingman, Randy Moffitt, Matt Nokes, Garry Maddox, Jim Barr, John D'Acquisto, Eric King, Ken Henderson and Rob Deer.

On March 26, sisters Holly and Rose Haworth, the granddaughters of Genovese, travelled to Cooperstown from their home in Los Angeles to officially donate approximately 300 of Genovese’s scouting reports to the Baseball Hall of Fame. These join 45 scouting reports and a scouting notebook Genovese had previously donated to the baseball shrine.

“Although we may have other scouting reports on some of these players, having someone else’s perspective or opinion on a player’s abilities or potential gives us or researchers another viewpoint,” said Hall of Fame Manuscript Archivist Claudette Scrafford. “Also, scouting reports can range from high school to college to the professional leagues, so adding another scout’s reports allows us to see the progression of a player over a larger timespan.”

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