In Umpire Quotes Two we explore more quotes from umpires. These quotes should help the baseball umpire understand the difficult task umpires contend with.  “The Umpire must be quick witted. He may not, like the wise old owl of the bench, look over his gold-rimmed glasses, inform the assembled multitude that he will “take the matter under advisement,” …


Emmett Ashford

Emmett Ashford was the first African-American umpire in the MLB. He was an umpire in the American League from 1966 to 1970. His nickname was “Ash”. Emmett Littleton Ashford was born on November 23, 1914 in Los Angeles, California. He was married to Willa Gene Fort and had two children. His father was a policeman …

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Durwood Merrill

Big, loud and beyond intimidation, Durwood Merrill was an umpire with a thick skin. He will always be remembered as one of the most colorful characters in Baseball. Reggie Jackson called him “The Reggie Jackson of UMPIRES”. He brought showmanship and fun to the game of Baseball. He has his own following of fans. In his book You’re …

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