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by on January 10, 2010

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George Culver

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  • umpireplb

    George Culver managed a team for a Phillies Phantasy camp in Florida back in the mid-nineteen eighties around the same time he was managing for real in the Phillies' minor league system.

    George was a fun-loving free spirit who told me something amazing. He did something I doubt any other pitcher has ever done – at least I've never heard or read of a similar account: pitching for the Cincinnati Reds in 1968, he hurled a n0-hitter against the Phillies. But that wasn't the whole story: afterwards, he wrote a letter to the home plate umpire, Harry Wendelstedt, thanking him!

    A no-hit pitcher writing a thank-you note to the home plate umpire. I always get a kick out of thinking about that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Magennis/1214614370 Joe Magennis

    Perry, Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! For sharing this terrific story. This unique insight is what we hope to generate through these cards. To some, George might be just a card of a guy who had classic 70's sideburns :-) While to others he was a big leaguer who participated in fantasy camps, and pitched a no hitter.

    Wonder if there is a copy of that letter sitting in shoebox somewhere!?! ….

  • http://www.perrybarber.com/ Perry

    Harry Wendelstedt has battled some pretty severe health issues recently but is still going strong and running his umpire school near Daytona Beach with his son Hunter, now also a big league umpire. Harry was my instructor and mentor – I attended his school four years in a row from 1982 through '85, then returned again in 2005 – and has taught more professional umpires than probably any man alive. He'll join Doug Harvey and the eight other umpires previously enshrined in the Hall of Fame soon enough, at least he should.

    I wonder about that letter from George Culver too. You've inspired me to do some investigating! I'll let you know what turns up. Thanks, Joe.

  • http://befluid.com joemagennis

    Perry … Let's plan on scheduling some time to discuss your book.
    Can't wait to hear about your experiences!

    Joe Magennis
    404.939.5744

  • http://www.perrybarber.com/ Perry

    George Culver managed a team for a Phillies Phantasy camp in Florida back in the mid-nineteen eighties around the same time he was managing for real in the Phillies' minor league system.

    George was a fun-loving free spirit who told me something amazing. He did something I doubt any other pitcher has ever done – at least I've never heard or read of a similar account: pitching for the Cincinnati Reds in 1968, he hurled a n0-hitter against the Phillies. But that wasn't the whole story: afterwards, he wrote a letter to the home plate umpire, Harry Wendelstedt, thanking him!

    A no-hit pitcher writing a thank-you note to the home plate umpire. I always get a kick out of thinking about that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Magennis/1214614370 Joe Magennis

    Perry, Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! For sharing this terrific story. This unique insight is what we hope to generate through these cards. To some, George might be just a card of a guy who had classic 70's sideburns :-) While to others he was a big leaguer who participated in fantasy camps, and pitched a no hitter.

    Wonder if there is a copy of that letter sitting in shoebox somewhere!?! ….

  • http://www.perrybarber.com/ Perry

    Harry Wendelstedt has battled some pretty severe health issues recently but is still going strong and running his umpire school near Daytona Beach with his son Hunter, now also a big league umpire. Harry was my instructor and mentor – I attended his school four years in a row from 1982 through '85, then returned again in 2005 – and has taught more professional umpires than probably any man alive. He'll join Doug Harvey and the eight other umpires previously enshrined in the Hall of Fame soon enough, at least he should.

    I wonder about that letter from George Culver too. You've inspired me to do some investigating! I'll let you know what turns up. Thanks, Joe.

  • http://befluid.com joemagennis

    Perry … Let's plan on scheduling some time to discuss your book.
    Can't wait to hear about your experiences!

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