When he founded Baseball America in 1981, Allan Simpson also essentially founded coverage of the baseball draft. The first edition of the magazine, then known as All-America Baseball News, had Arkansas outfielder Kevin McReynolds on the cover, and he wound up being the sixth pick of the 1981 draft.
Allan Simpson changed baseball by founding Baseball America, pioneering draft coverage and bringing a scouting and player development perspective to so many aspects of the game. We're in our 30th year now and do our best to continue bringing that perspective to the game. Allan no longer works for BA, but we're still extremely proud that he was honored today by being elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. He will be enshrined June 18 alongside former Blue Jays reliever Tom "The Terminator" Henke and 19th Century player George "Dandy" Wood.
To my knowledge, Allan never had a nickname like "The Terminator" or "Dandy." He'll have to settle for "Hall of Famer." Here's the story Allan penned for BA's 20th anniversary about how the magazine started, in his garage.
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