Umpires

We talk about women in baseball during Episode 2 of our conversation with Perry Barber. We had such a great time talking about baseball, umpiring, and even music, that I decided it would be best to split our time together into two programs for your listening pleasure.  Enjoy!

We find out from Perry that her expected path to adulthood was by way of the usual assortment of life’s milestones, from debutante through married life and parenthood.  It was a suggestion of a different path by her mother, who observed Perry’s reading habits and musical output, that umpiring came into the picture.  Through this connection of baseball it allowed for a unique bond to develop between Perry and her mom.

The first umpire Perry ever met, and was deeply influenced by, was Ed Montague.  Her song The Umpire Stands Alone was written for him.  The book The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires by Larry Gerlach was the touchstone of her mother’s suggestion to pursue umpiring.

At her mother’s urging she went to umpire a Little League game in a town nearby, and after the odd looks from the players, she donned her balloon protector and proceeded to use any handy resource available (including Mom in the stands with a rule book) to call the game.  Following the game she had to withstand the letters to the newspaper requesting that she not return.

But prevail she did, through determination and an amazing rush of adrenaline as the target of direct hostility, Perry continued to develop her skills as a highly qualified arbiter of the game.

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Poof .. Pete is an Umpire

by on October 22, 2009

We received this Baseballism video submission from Pete Watson, who tells us the story of attending the Greater St. Louis Association of Umpires convention and how it inadvertently led to his becoming an umpire.

He shares the experience of sitting through the various presentations on rules changes, a celebrity sighting , and finally his swearing in ceremony.  Oh yeah, he also tops it all of with a big surprise reveal at the end!

Thanks to Pete for his submission.  We hope you enjoy his baseball story.

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You have to give some credit to a creative member of The Red Sox Nation who decided to use the WikiPedia page that existed for Major League Umpire CB Bucknor (he has a wiki page?) to voice some displeasure.

There were an extraordinary number of calls on close plays at first base during the first game of the Red Sox versus Angels 2009 ALDS, and upon viewing instant replay, it appeared that many of Bucknor’s calls were incorrect.

The final straw was on a play at first when the throw pulled firstbaseman Kevin Youkilis off the bag, however he made a sweep tag that caught the runner as he passed by.  Bucknor called the runner safe.

Shortly there after the twitterverse was pointing people in the direction of Bucknor’s Wiki page, laughing at his expense. Note the final sentence in this screen shot. Click the image below.

CB.Bucknor.wiki.

Shortly after the word spread, the page was corrected and locked for editing.  This screenshot is a lasting impression of the night’s umpiring.

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