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John Mahlon Ogden

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"I scouted 90,000 players in my lifetime and (Dick) Allen was the greatest I ever saw. It’s too bad he had so many difficulties." - Jack Ogden, about his scouting days

Jack Ogden, brother of Curly Ogden, came straight to the majors in 1918, then was a minor league star for years with Baltimore, and came back to the majors in 1928. Later he worked in the front office of the Orioles and the Phillies, and owned a minor league club. Still later he became a legendary scout, signing many future major leaguers. He also coached high school and college basketball.

All-time International League leader with 213 career wins.

He also pitched for Newark and Rochester.

Ogden owned the Elmira Pioneers in 1941-1942. He later scouted for the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, and Philadelphia Phillies from 1946 to 1971. In 1952 he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.


A key source: 1922 Orioles

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