Jeremy Guthrie, Kansas City Royals’ starting pitcher, is an Eagle Scout

Still deciding which team to cheer for in the 2014 World Series? Better decide soon!

Here’s a fact that might sway you: Jeremy Guthrie, the Game 7 starter for the Kansas City Royals, is an Eagle Scout.

With all due respect to the San Francisco Giants, that’s reason enough for an impartial baseball fan like me to cheer for the team in royal blue tonight. Game 7 airs at 8 p.m. Eastern on Fox.

There’s something about Kansas City and Scouting, it seems.

Earlier this month I told you that Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, where World Series Games 1, 2 and 6 were played, is named for an Eagle Scout. There’s also this awesome Eagle Scout fountain in the city. And Scouter S. Craig Hufford shared that the Kansas City Chiefs were named after the Heart of America Council’s former Scout Executive, Harold Roe Bartle.

But tonight’s all about Guthrie, an accomplished pitcher with almost 1,000 strikeouts in his career.

The right-hander from Roseburg, Ore., earned his Eagle Scout award on May 20, 1997. And in April of this year his career accomplishments were recognized during the Heart of America council’s fifth-annual Scout Day at the K.

Scout Day at the K

Alex-Houston-first-pitchAt Scout Day at the K, Guthrie received the (appropriately named) Ewing M. Kauffman Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the council.

The award honored not only Guthrie’s career but his continued strong character and dedication to the Scouting program.

Also worth mentioning is who threw out the first pitch that day. It was Alex Houston, the Eagle Scout Antarctic explorer. (You can read all about Alex’s Antarctica trip in the November issue of Boys’ Life, Boy Scout edition.)

It must have been quite the thrill for Alex to get to throw out the first pitch and meet Guthrie.

But judging from Guthrie’s smile below, I’m betting he was just as thrilled to meet Alex.




  1. On the local sports radio station last night on my way home from work, Jeremy Guthrie was in the interview room. Instead of the normal canned answers that athletes usually give, Jeremy’s answers were thoughtful, articulate, and insightful. One question about his preserverance and pitching 13 innings during a college game gave rise to a 5-minute answer about how Jeremy went from BYU to his mission trip to Stanford to the Cleveland Indians farm system to his being released to being signed by Baltimore and trade to Colorado before his arrival in KC where his career has turned around. I could not find a podcast of the interview, but much of what was covered is in this article. While Jeremy did not mention being a Scout in the interview, his answers along with his down-to-earth attitude were very refreshing:

  2. I was just wondering why Alex Houston, who threw out the opening pitch, didn’t wear a Eagle Scout patch on his uniform? It stated that he is an Eagle Scout, but the picture shows a Life Scout patch. The Eagle Scouts in my troop are eager to sew on that patch as soon as they get the word from National.

  3. Roland, thank you for your astute observation and question.
    The answer is that Alex Houston became an Eagle Scout passing his Board of Review while working at Camp Bartle during the summer of 2013, but his Court of Honor, for a number of reasons, was not held until April, 2014. As you know, an Eagle Scout may not wear the patch until formally presented with the Eagle award by his troop at his Eagle Court of Honor. Alex received his Eagle pin, neckerchief, and patch at his ECOH on April 28th, 2014…approximately 3 weeks after the above photograph was taken of him at Kauffman Stadium.

  4. Roland, I am aware that the custom of waiting until after the Eagle Court of Honor to display the Eagle patch on the uniform is a custom that varies from council to council and district to district. It is the custom here, but may not be everywhere. Let your local district/council be your guide.

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