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Jim Garland

Died: Dec. 8, 2002 in Wake Forest, NC
Pos:  Major League Scout

Jim Garland, a major league scout for 28 years, died Dec. 8, 2002, at the age of 86.  He was inducted into the Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame in 1999.

After retiring from the U.S. Naval Department’s research-and-development program, Garland took a job as a scout with the Kansas City Royals in 1970.  He worked for the team until 1973 when the Royals changed their scouting system.

In 1974, he moved to join the Los Angeles Dodgers as a scout covering North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.  He worked with the Dodgers until 1998.

Among his finds were Sid Bream, Franklin Stubbs, Tracy Woodson, Brian Holton, Wayne Kirby and Darren Holmes.

In a wire report, Garland’s son said that three of his father’s signees were  on the field in 1988 World Series between the Dodgers and Athletics.  Garland’s signees helped the Dodgers to 4 World Series championships.

Garland’s son played in the Kansas City minor league system.