Heritage to Sell a Dallas Eagles Jersey. So Let's Talk to an Ex-Eagle Turned Revered AL Scout.

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Just got off the phone with a gentleman who's also keeping an eye on Texas-Detroit: Alex Cosmidis. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is pulling for the Tigers -- surprising, since Cosmidis once played baseball in Dallas and in Fort Worth, first as an Eagle in 1955 and '56, then as a Cat three years after that.

"Well, I scouted [Justin] Verlander in high school and college," referring to the Tigers pitcher who dropped Game 1 of the American League Championship Series to the Rangers on a soaking-wet Saturday night. "Every time he goes out there, he's capable of throwing a no-hitter."

He pauses for a second: "But, you know, Josh is from right here." He's referring, of course, to Josh Hamilton. "I'm pulling for him too. I should be pullin' for the Texans, but when Verlander's pitching ..." He laughs.

Cosmidis was born in September 1928, and first played ball for money -- not much -- in 1950. He's been in the game ever since: A scout since 1982, he's been with the Chicago White Sox since 1987 and was recently honored for having found the likes of Roberto Hernandez, Ray Durham and James Baldwin. Reason I called him: I see Heritage is selling a game-worn Dallas Eagles jersey dating back to the '55 season, when Cosmidis drove in 21 runs for the New York Giants' farm club and my old father's favorite ball club.

"We won two pennants and blew one in Dallas," Cosmidis says with a slight chuckle. "We had a good time. Red Murff won 27 on that 1955 team, and I set a Texas League fielding recording that stands to this day, so I've been told: 66 consecutive games at second without an error. And Joe Macko hit 36 home runs in 1956. He stood closer to the plate than anyone I've ever seen. He wanted the ball inside, because he could crank 'em. He was strong. We had good time in Dallas."
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DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Joe Macko - oh, the tales he could tell

And I can't hear of him without remembering how sad his son's death was. Steve Macko - batboy for the Rangers, later played one year with the Chicago Cubs before passing away due to cancer at age 27.

Sandi
Sandi

I was thrilled to read this article about my dad...i am having a hard time deciding who to pull for...i like both teams....Detroit holds a special place in my heart because that was the first major league game I saw with my dad. Residing in Spokane Washington now the minor league club here is a part of the Texas league. Rooting for Detroit but if they happen to not make it I will pull for Texas. Go Tigers! I am so proud of my dad and for him to have the opportunity to see a player he scouted Verlander on the Tigers and Hamilton with the Rangers who he has seen many a time in the Raleigh area. I do not think there will be a dull moment for my dad watching this playoff series.

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

cool. Makes me wonder how many other old items like this are lurking out there.

pak152
pak152

nice find wonder where this jersey has been hiding all these years

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