RocJocks: Scout Dorothy Fox had an eye for baseball talent

by Sean Lahman, Democrat and Chronicle, April 8, 2015

Dorothy Fox didn't set out to have a career in baseball. It just worked out that way.

"It started out as a hobby," Fox said, "but it became life-consuming."

She started attending Rochester Red Wings games as a young girl and seldom missed a game, always keeping score and recording notes on visiting players.

The Charlotte High graduate had a keen eye for evaluating talent, and the Baltimore Orioles tapped her expertise to provide scouting reports on players in the International League. When the Red Wings weren't in town, Fox would drive to Buffalo, Syracuse or even Scranton, Pennsylvania, to catch a game.

She was one of only a handful of women working as a scout, but her work was well-respected within the baseball community.

Over the years, Fox compiled in-depth scouting reports on more than 8,200 players.

"I'll have a card on any player you care to name," she told the Toronto Globe and Mail in 1992, "and they're detailed. A lot of people in my profession would give their right arms for my file."

In addition to the Orioles, she also scouted for the California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Fox became a member of the Rochester Community Baseball board of directors in 1984. She won the Jean Giambrone Award for commitment to local women's sports and was elected to the Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 2011.

The longtime Irondequoit resident died in 2012 at the age of 89. She left a collection of more than 900 scrapbooks, chronicling more than 60 years of Rochester Red Wings history. The Dorothy Fox Collection is maintained as a research resource by the Rochester Baseball Historical Society.