Robert J. Connery
Bob Connery was a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1913 to 1917 and the New York Yankees from 1918 to 1924. He reportedly discovered and signed Rogers Hornsby for the Cards and teamed with Paul Krichell to sign Lou Gehrig for the Yankees. He had briefly played in the minor leagues until his career was cut short by a car accident.
Connery owned the St. Paul Saints from 1925 to 1934. Even during that time, He acted as a "scouting consultant" for the Yankees, scouting Tony Lazzeri for example before the Yankees signed him. He was a close personal friend of Yankees manager Miller Huggins, who was secretly a minority investor in the Saints. Connery visited him on his death bed in New York, NY in 1929, and sold more players to the Yankees than anyone else during the period of his ownership.
Sources include: 1968 TSN Guide, Who's Who in Professional Baseball
- Steve Steinberg: "The St. Paul-New York Underground Railroad", in Daniel R. Levitt, ed.: Short but Wondrous Summers: Baseball in the North Star State, The National Pastime, Volume 42 (2012), pp. 38-43.