It is with great sadness that the Orioles share the news of the passing on Sunday of longtime scout and Orioles Hall of Famer Fred Uhlman Sr.
Uhlman’s career in professional scouting spanned 46 years, including the last three decades with the Orioles. He joined the club as Scouting Director in January of 1985 and later served as a Special Assistant and Professional Scout.
Upon his retirement in 2015, Uhlman was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame as the Herb Armstrong Award winner, which honors non-uniformed personnel who have represented the Orioles for at least five years and made a significant contribution to the ball club, the community, or the sport of baseball. Uhlman also received the prestigious “Legends in Scouting” award from the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation in 2011.
Uhlman is best known for establishing the Orioles’ first baseball academies in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, and was also responsible for signing Jeff Ballard, Steve Finley, Gregg Olson, Arthur Rhodes, and David Segui, among many others who have worn the Orioles uniform.
Uhlman’s son, Fred Jr., currently serves as Vice President, Assistant General Manager with the San Diego Padres. Fred Jr. joined the Padres in 1995 following 10 years in the Orioles’ scouting and player development departments.