Belich, 'Savvy' Scout for Brewers, Phillies, Dies at 83
.c The Associated Press
09/05/03 12:56 EDT
MILWAUKEE (Sept. 5) -- Emil Belich, the Milwaukee
Brewers scout who signed Paul Molitor and Jim Gantner, died of prostate
cancer. He was 83.
Belich died Wednesday night at his home in West
Allis after being diagnosed with cancer in January.
"He had wonderful judgment, marvelous judgment,''
said baseball commissioner Bud Selig, former president of the Brewers.
"He was one of the savviest scouts I knew, frankly.''
Belich became a scout and batting practice pitcher
for the Milwaukee Braves in 1953. He scouted for Philadelphia in the early
1960s and was hired by the Brewers in 1971. He signed Molitor and Gantner,
who became two of Milwaukee's stars on the pennant-winning team of 1982.
He worked for Major League Baseball's scouting
bureau in the mid-1980s before returning to the Phillies, where he was
employed since 1991.
Belich is survived by his son, Miles.