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Almost 80 and still going strong

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78 is a toddler in my association. my first partner in a HS varsity game was 84 at the time. He umpired 6 more years, as often as he could.  Oh yeah, he also worked basketball & football.

He started officiating in 1951. He passed away last year at the age of 91. He would still be on the field but he became ornery and created a lot of enemies in the organizations. HE was also losing his skills. In the 60+ years he worked every level from LL to D-1 in all 3 sports. He was directly responsible for many of the payment agreements that officials in the area now have.

Unfortunately, he became tentative on the field and lost perspective.


Right now, there are at least 6 regular members of our umpire association in their 80s. Should they be on the field...that's another question.

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