Special Assistant to General Manager Ken Williams
Dave Yoakum enters his 21st season with the White Sox, serving as special assistant to the general manager. Yoakum, who was hired following the 1991 season, works directly for General Manager Ken Williams on special assignment scouting of other major league clubs.
Yoakum was inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame on March 30, 2010. A bronze plaque in his honor is permanently on display at the home of the Class A Fort Myers Miracle in the Florida State League.
A former infielder in the Detroit Tigers system (1966-70), Yoakum has worked as a coach, instructor, scouting supervisor or major-league scout for over three decades. Following his playing career, Yoakum was a player/coach in the Houston Astros organization (1971), a scouting supervisor/infield instructor for the Astros (1972) and New York Yankees (1974-76), a scouting supervisor/minor league instructor with the Toronto Blue Jays (1977-80) and a major league advance scout for the Blue Jays (1981-91).
During his minor-league playing career, Yoakum was a teammate of four future major-league managers: Cito Gaston, Gene Lamont, Jim Leyland and Stump Merrill. In his 40 seasons as a scout, Yoakum has worked for executives Tal Smith, Pat Gillick, Ron Schueler and Williams.
In January 2003, Yoakum, along with Dennis Gilbert, Roland Hemond and fellow scout Harry Minor (Mets), created the Professional Scouts Foundation. The foundation provides support to scouts who have been in baseball at least 25 years but may have fallen on financial hard times due to illness, retirement or the non-renewal of their contracts.
Yoakum was born in Middlesboro, Ky. on December 15, 1946, and graduated from New Albany (Ind.) High School. He and his wife, Nina, have three children: Mark, Anna and Dax.
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