A couple days off for local umpire
Special to The Union
No games (Friday or Saturday) for me. I cannot umpire games that the West teams are in and tomorrow there are only 12 umpires needed which means that four umpires have the day off. Stay tuned for more information.
For the Great Find story, take a look at the Pin Picture. I had Carl Stotz’ (founder of Little League Baseball in 1939) granddaughter ask me for my autograph in the “LLWS Program.” I signed the Program and then asked if she would like me to get the other umpires signature and of course she said “yes.”
When I brought the Program back to her she presented me with this pin saying she better not find it on E-Bay. I assured her it is going on my pin board when I get home. The pin is of the original Little League emblem designed by Carl Stotz.
The No. 11 picture attached is about a fire fighter that died in the Twin Towers on 9/11. He played at the World Series many years before and wore uniform #11. Little League saw it fitting to retire this number a couple of years ago in memory of all those who lost their lives in this very sad event.
On the admonishment side, please go easy on myself and my fellow umpires. Everybody that is here to umpire, earned the right because of the volunteer work they do for Little League as well as other organizations and for the quality of their umpiring. They came with the tools that the know and are doing an outstanding job umpiring this very stressful tournament.
We have been told by many from the local Little League officials, others from outside the area and ESPN that we are doing an outstanding job and for those comments we are all very proud to be here
Tonight we have an Umpire Alumni appreciation dinner and the town of Williamsport is throwing a party in the streets for all involved. It all should be a lot of fun.
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