Longtime scout Provas passes away after battle with cancer

CHICAGO -- Paul Provas, who was a valuable part of the White Sox organization since the 1993 season, passed away Thursday morning at the age of 63 after a battle with brain cancer.

Provas joined the White Sox as an amateur scout in November 1992, covering Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming. He was a midwest crosschecker with the White Sox from 2002-04 and became a full-time professional scout with the White Sox during their World Series championship effort in 2005.

"You hope for the best, but it was a rough summer for Paul," said White Sox senior director of baseball operations Dan Fabian of Provas, whom he supervised and started with back in 1992 as part of the White Sox. "He fought this hard."

Joe Crede, John Danks, Kip Wells, Boone Logan, Brandon Allen, Carlos Torres and Chris Young were some of the future Major Leaguers scouted by Provas, as well as recent recommendations of reliever Maikel Cleto and infielder Leury Garcia. He was inducted into the Texas Scouts Association Hall of Fame in 2011 and inducted into the Midwest Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame that same year.

Fabian presented Provas when he was inducted into the Midwest Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame. The two had a chance to visit Allen Fieldhouse to catch part of the basketball game between Ohio State and Provas' beloved Kansas Jayhawks around the ceremony.

"That was a nice added bonus and very cool to catch some of the game there," Fabian said. "Paul and I used to talk once or twice per week about everything, and I missed those conversations this summer. I've been thinking a lot about those. He was in the game for a long time, and he had a lot of friends throughout. He had friends all over the game."

Services will be held next week in Overland Park, Kan., for Provas, who attended Shawnee Mission North High School in Kansas, played baseball at Johnson County Community College in 1976 and served in the National Guard from 1970-76. Provas first began scouting for the Chicago Cubs from 1987-92.

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