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Major Leaguers impress Scouts first

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As Boy Scouts of America celebrates its anniversary this week, the group can look with pride to having a hand in molding these Major Leaguers:

Hank Aaron - The Hall of Famer and former home run king credits Scouting with helping bring him success. He told the Mobile Press Register that the greatest positive influence in his life was his involvement in Scouting.

Albert Belle - The noted slugger for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles was an Eagle Scout, Scouting's top honor. In 1995, Belle became baseball's first player to hit 50 home runs and 50 doubles in one season.

Jeremy Guthrie - A pitcher for the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles was also an Eagle Scout. His recognition, however, includes the infamous statistic of giving up an American League-high 35 homers in 2009.

Ewing Kauffman - The former owner of the Kansas City Royals also achieved Scouting's top rank. The Royals' ballpark is named in honor of Kauffman, who died in 1993.

Howard Lincoln - The chairman and chief executive officer of the Seattle Mariners counts achieving Eagle Scout among his many accomplishments. He also posed as one of the Scouts for "The Scoutmaster" painting by Norman Rockwell.

Nolan Ryan - The legendary hurler pitched for the Texas Rangers, California Angels, New York Mets and Houston Astros, recording 5,714 strikeouts - the most in baseball history. The part-owner of the Rangers fired seven no-hitters and 12 one-hitters during his Major League career.

Peter Ueberroth - The commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1984 to 1989 was a Cub Scout in his youth.

Shane Victorino - A key member of the 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies also was an Eagle Scout.

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