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George J. Digby


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George J. Digby

Gallatin, TN

George J. Digby, age 96 of Gallatin, formerly of Nashville, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014.

Mr. Digby was an American scout and consultant in Major League Baseball. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, George started his professional career in 1944. He was coaching high school baseball in his homeland when a Boston Red Sox executive came to sign his best pitcher, Dick Callahan. Mr. Digby helped young Callahan drive a hard bargain. The Red Sox paid out and, on the way to the train, also offered George a job.

After that, Mr. Digby worked in the Boston organization for more than 60 years, half a century as a scout, 14 more as a consultant. Throughout the years, he has tirelessly traveled the South looking for raw talent for the Red Sox. Among his finds were Red Sox Graduates Tom Bolton, Steve Curry, Mike Greenwell, Jody Reed and Marc Sullivan. But Digby put great emphasis on signing the future Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, as he fought hard to convince the team to draft the young man with the "smooth" swing after the Red Sox had reports that questioned Boggs' ability to be a Major League player. Finally, in 1976, Digby drafted Boggs in seventh round and signed him for $7,500 and a college scholarship. In 1999, Digby saw Boggs belt a home run for this 3,000th career-hit, becoming the first player in Major League history to enter the 3000 Hit Club by hitting a home run.

In 2008, Digby was selected for induction into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, becoming the first scout to gain the honors. Digby is also in the Florida Scouts Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2000 and his plaque is near the press box at Tropicana Field. The plaque shows that he has signed 53 Major League players.

Funeral service for Mr. Digby will be Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Dr. Ron Carrier officiating. Interment will follow at Crestview Memory Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday, May 3 from 2-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 from 1 p.m. until time of service.

Mr. Digby was born August 31, 1917 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late George P. and Edna Grethe Digby. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen Bruce Digby of Gallatin; his son, George J. Digby, Jr (Kathy) of Louisiana; and daughters, Dianne Clark (Barry) of Maine, Eileen Brad (Larry) of Louisiana, and Joanne Marcotte (Gus) of Louisiana. Online condoles may be submitted at Alexanderfh.info. Alexander Funeral Home, (615) 452-2324.



Published in The Tennessean on May 3, 2014
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