Ringolsby: Mariners scout who helped sign Ken Griffey Jr. dies at 95

From SABR member Tracy Ringolsby at MLB.com on June 21, 2016:

Bob Harrison, a veteran scout who was instrumental in the Mariners’ selection of Ken Griffey Jr. as the first player taken in the 1987 Draft and then promotion to the big leagues at the age of 19 after only 129 games in the Minor Leagues, passed away Monday morning. The cause of death is not yet known.

Services will take place July 2 at Luyben Dilday Mortuary in Long Beach, Calif., Harrison’s hometown.

Harrison, who was 95, began scouting with the Cardinals in the 1960s and was still working on a limited basis with the Mariners, with whom he had been since the franchise’s inception in ’77.

“This is my life,” Harrison said of being an active scout several years ago. “What else would I do? My wife passed away. My kids are grown.”

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Originally published: June 23, 2016. Last Updated: June 23, 2016.