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Frank Scott


Frank Scott (Player agent.  Born, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 17, 1917; died, Livingston, NJ, June 28, 1998.)  Among those who shaped contemporary sports in the last half of the 20th century was Frank Scott, who, in effect, was the first players agent.  Scott did not negotiate players’ contracts, as the many who followed in his footsteps did.  He did attempt to maximize players’ off-field income through endorsements and personal appearances.  Scott was so successful that many players found that their outside compensation was two or three times their playing salary.  Scott was the road secretary for the N.F.L. Brooklyn Dodgers (1940-42) and, after World War II service in the Navy, filled the same role with the Yankees (1947-50).  He started representing Yankees since he knew them well, and among his early clients were Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, and Roger Maris.  Scott also advised many of his clients on business deals.

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