Seeing Blue: Little League Baseball World Series Umpires Share Memorable Experiences
Each August, 16 of the best Little League volunteer Umpires in the World arrive in Williamsport to officiate the Little League Baseball World Series.
Making it to a World Series is truly an honor and an accomplishment for our volunteer umpires. These umpires, like you, put in many hours of hard work and dedication in their hometown leagues hoping to have their number called to work one of Little League’s eight World Series.
Here are some of their impressions from this wonderful experience.
“In 1995 I attended my first World Series in Williamsport and was so impressed that I knew one day I wanted to umpire at this great event. I have come back every year since and was awarded the honor to umpire at this year’s series. It exceeded my expectations and was an honor to be involved in such a great piece of Americana.”
Tony Eller, Brooklawn,N.J.
“Since 1982, it was a dream for me to get to the World Series in Williamsport, because my dad coached that year in the Series.
I did not make it as a player but I did as umpire. Wow! It was the best time of my life. They treat us like pros and all the umps were wonderful. And it’s for real when they said it was going to be a fast 10 days, it was for real. Thanks for the good memories.
I'll see you again next year in Williamsport. Thanks again.
Hugo St. Amant, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada
“The experience I shared with my family was one I will never forget. The volunteers, staff, players, coaches, families and 15 International volunteer umpires I worked with were all wonderful and such a privilege to meet and get to know.
Even though I have a pacemaker, two artificial knees and multiple of other physical problems I got to fulfill my dream and will never forget the feeling of being a little kid. Thanks so much for the opportunity.
John Mashburn, Telford, Tenn.
“Wow! So many people in one place all with the same goal; not to merely establish a new World Champion, but to do everything to ensure that all the players leave as champions! This is truly the “The Show.” Everything about the umpiring experience is first-class, from the support given to us by the entire Little League organization to the other umpires selected to work with us. The camaraderie with this crew was extraordinary, no one competed with anyone; we all were here to accept the highest honor Little League has for a volunteer umpire and everyone one of us acted with gratitude.”
Jeff Stokoe, Kettering, Ohio
Working the 2009 Little League World Series was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will always remember. I am grateful for the chance to have worked with 15 other great Little League volunteer umpires. It was an extraordinary experience meeting people from all around the world involved in the great game of Little League Baseball.
Mike Galiano, Fort Lauderdale Fla.
From the opening parade to the last the pitch, the atmosphere is unthinkable. You are on one of the highest plateaus of one of the world’s most watched sports. You cannot beat it.
Chris Parker, Bangor, Maine
"This was my first trip to Williamsport, Pa. I will never forget the experience I had here. As an umpire, I fully enjoyed every moment I had on the field and off the field. Little League Baseball is the best youth sport in the world. I'm so glad to be part of it."
Michael T. Martin, Livermore, Calif.
"After 40 years of umpiring, including two other World Series, and not previously having been to Williamsport, I did not fully comprehend what a tremendous opportunity it was to umpire in the Little League Baseball World Series.
Although, I had watched the Series on television, you cannot appreciate the setting in South Williamsport, or the organization and coordination that Little League International and their cadre of volunteers perform behind the scenes, to make the Series a true spectacular, until you have been there.
Now that I, along with 15 of the world's best volunteer umpires, have had the opportunity, I am thankful and appreciative of those that recommended me for this honor, and I will cherish the memories forever.
G.W. “Mike" Yeager, Snoqualmie, Wash.
My trip to Williamsport was an absolute thrill, highlight to my umpiring career and more than I expected. The umpire crew that I got to work with was a great group of guys that kept the atmosphere relaxed at all times. The surroundings during the World Series were fabulous even though there wasn’t too much time for ourselves as umpires we were still able to find places and things to do and enjoy. If I could do it over again, I definitely would.
Randy Ewart, Waghaeusel, Germany
The trip to Williamsport and being selected to umpire the LLB World Series was an experience that I will never forget.
I met a lot of very nice people throughout my stay in Williamsport, and was privileged to work with a great staff and group of fellow umpires.
I now look forward based on my experience at the LLB World Series to work toward another World Series in another level of play.
Jim Hallonquist, Sequin, Texas