Royals baseball scout Art Stewart dies at 94

Veteran baseball scout Art Stewart, who began his career with the New York Yankees in the 1950s before becoming the oldest member of the Kansas City Royals organization, died Thursday. He was 94 years old.

The Royals announced the death of Stewart, who just turned 52 with them. No cause was given.

Stewart sought out more than 70 players who made it to the big leagues, including Bo Jackson, Kevin Appier, Mike Sweeney, Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran. He was instrumental in helping sign the talent that led the Royals to the 1985 World Series title, and Stewart was still part of the front office when they won their second title 30 years later.

"Art was truly an extraordinary human being, whom we all love and admire for many reasons."said the president of the Royals,Dayton moore, it’s a statement."His incomparable love and appreciation for the game of baseball, the memories of the players and the events, combined with his special ability to tell stories, will always be appreciated by all.".

Stewart began his career as a territorial scout for the Yankees in 1953, when they were in the middle of their dynasty years led by Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and manager Casey Stengel. Stewart soon became his Midwest exploration supervisor, a position he held until he joined the Royals expansion franchise in 1969.

Stewart spent the next 16 years scouring the heart of the country for talent, eventually becoming the director of exploration and helping the Royals organization grow into a model small-market franchise throughout the 1980s.

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He moved to the front office as a special assistant to the general manager in 1997, then became a senior advisor to the general manager in 2002. He was awarded the Roland Hemond Award for his long service in player exploration and development in 2007, and the al The following year he was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame and into the Professional Scouts Hall of Fame.

Stewart took on many special projects late in his career, including working to establish one of the first academies run by a major league club in the Dominican Republic. Eventually, it was renamed in honor of Stewart.

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