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WANTED UMPIRES FOR THE BIG LEAGUES!
By President Tom Lynch.
"The Umpiring this year is the
worst ever.rt Such is the gist of
hundreds of letters I receive every
year. Other presidents of base
ball leagues are up agairist the
"Why don't you get some
young men to replace a lot of
those blind men?" Such is the
question I am continually asked
from all quarters.
Where did they grab that
busher. He is the worst I ever
saw." Such, is the opinion ex
pressedby thousands, when I at
tempt to dig as umpire material,
a youngster from'the bushes."
The troubles of the umpires
are the troubles of the president
When the staff of umpires are
working smoothly, there is little
to ruffle the presidential brow.,
Managers and club owners havej
a. hard time digging up star play-4
ers, but any man who has even
served as president of any base
ball Organization, "will tell youl
that securing a staff of star um
pires is practically impossible.
While baseball is the same old'
game in the minors or majors,,
any umpire who has ever madei
the jump, well knows that he has
to start over again, when he hits(
the big league.
No young umpire is ever label-!
ed.a good umpire. He is ofteni
said to "have promise," but sel-
dom is he pronounced "ready."
The success of the umpire!
largely depends on the confidence!
of ihe player. Confidence is nod
established over night. New um-j
pires don't become valuable until!
they have been in the majors)
There is a big field for men
who can umpire. The salary isj
big and the possibilities large.)
It-would seem more would em-j
bark in the profession. I guess'
the Old saying that umpires are.1
born, not made, explains the
dearth of baseball judges better1
than arty other theory.
At a ball game every person
seems to know more about run-j
ning the game than the men who,
ate paid for their services in thafj
line. With this condition ex-i
isting one would think it would.,
be easy to get good umpires. It
is one thing, however, to umpiref
a ball game from the stand, andLj
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