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Scout Who Discovered Musial Dies

July 2, 2000

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Ollie Vanek, a baseball scout who discovered St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial, has died. He was 91.

Vanek’s career in baseball, as a player, manager and scout, spanned 50 years. In 1937, he found Musial, a promising high school player from Denora, Pa.

``Ollie was an excellent hitter and a good player,″ Musial said Saturday. ``I am very sorry to hear Ollie passed. He was a good man and responsible for my start in St. Louis.″

Vanek was a member of the St. Louis Baseball Hall of Fame, the National Baseball Scouting Hall of Fame and a member of the Professional Baseball Scouting Association.

Vanek, who died Thursday, is survived by his wife, Agnes Vanek; two sons, Ben and Dr. Mel Vanek, both of Denver; and two daughters, Virginia Mika of Affton, Mo., and Joyce Vanek of Denver.

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