Spring in Oklahoma is short and stormy," said Kester (Tractor) Trent. "You don't get much baseball in, but in a tournament like this you get quite a lot in." Trent, who coaches Dewey in the old Osage Indian country, meant Oklahoma's high school tournament which began in 1907, when Oklahoma got statehood, and is the oldest of its kind in the country.
Last week 23 major league scouts, at least one from each team, came to the University of Oklahoma campus at Norman to bird-dog 1,500 players from 95 schools. And no wonder. The tournament has sent such as Carl Hubbell, Harry Brecheen and Paul and Lloyd Waner on to the bigs. Last week the scouts were talking up Moose Norwood, a 210-pound shortstop wearing orange socks and sideburns, and Pitcher Paul Dewayne Brown, who had oldtimers chirping, "Looky at him throw"—oldtimers who remembered teams in "overhalls" coming on the backs of trucks from more than 100 miles out, sleeping under the east stadium and cooking out.
The team that has the rubber-armed pitchers and can live three days on hot dogs and pop and still play heads-up ball usually wins. Last week, however, the finals (Enid vs. Anadarko, Class A; Moss vs. Casady, Class B) were rained out, giving the boys time to get their second wind, the scouts time to take a second look.