Oliver Summerfield (Beat Reporter for the Pilots)- Atlanta, GA
It was late into the night in early January 1987 when a young Andrew Scharbach got a call from the Miami Sun Sox owner Jimmy Green. “It was in the wee hours of the morning. I was back in my hometown of Sweetwater, TN with my family when I had fallen asleep in my recliner watching film of our games from that year to evaluate talent and see which direction we would be going for the upcoming year” Andrew said. For those of you that don’t know Andrew was the GM of the Madrid Monarchs in the original CEB before it turned into 3 tiers.
Owner Jimmy Green had this to say about what he remembers “I don’t remember it being that late honestly but that could be because I had been up for over 36 straight hours working the phones looking for a GM to fill this void that we had so that someone could come in and scout for the draft and have all their ducks in a row. I believe we called upwards of 15 to 20 guys and only got mild interest in the job until I called Mr. Scharbach. We didn’t have much to offer as we weren’t very good and couldn’t get the community to support us much”.
“The real selling point was being able to help relocate this team to a new city of my choosing. That is unheard of in this industry, but they were to the point of desperation I believe. So I choose somewhere closer to home for me, that way I could be sure we would at least have 5-10 fans there every game in my family”. Scharbach stated. “I knew I had some long days and nights ahead of me and wanted to get the ball rolling on that as soon as possible. So when Mr. Green asked to set up a meeting I was already on my way to the airport”.
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