2019 Inductee Harold Baines was discovered on a Little League diamond at the age of 12 by White Sox owner and fellow Chicagoland Sports and Baseball Hall of Fame Member Bill Veeck.
As the story goes, future Hall of Fame owner Bill Veeck first saw Baines at a Little League game when he was 12, then followed his amateur career until he was eligible for the draft in June of 1977. Veeck was living in Eaton, Maryland a few years before he purchased the White Sox in 1976 and had scouted Baines as a kid. Veeck signed the 18 year old Harold Baines in person in Eaton and said the White Sox had picked Baines rather than Bill Gullickson, the top‐rated pitching prospect in the draft, because of Baines's power‐hitting potential, and because “I saw him play in Little League and he impressed me even then. I've been watching him for six years.” The rest is baseball history. The final tally: 2,866 hits (45th all-time) and 1,628 RBI (32nd all-time), to go along with 384 home runs and a .289 batting average and six All-Star Game selections.