The Dodgers announced that longtime scout John Keenan died Thursday morning.
Keenan, who left the organization in 1998, was responsible for signing Don Sutton, Bill Russell, Mitch Webster, Mickey Hatcher, Rick Sutcliffe and Davey Lopes among others. He was hired by the Dodgers as a part-time scout in 1962 by then-scouting director Al Campanis. He became a full-time scout in 1963, serving first as an area scout in the Midwest. Keenan spent his final 13 years in the organization as the Midwest Supervisor or National Crosschecker.
Keenan’s maternal grandfather, Bert Wells, was also a Dodger scout from 1940-79. His son, Mike, is also a pro scout.
In 2008, Keenan was inducted into the Greater Midwest Pro Scouts Association Hall of Fame.
“John signed me, and has known me since I was a kid,” Webster said at the time. “He has been a great mentor for me as a scout and as a player. All those hard times as a minor leaguer, you’re looking to stay alive, and John was always there to add encouragement. He was a tremendous asset to the Dodger organization.”