Little League® International mourns the passing of Mike Cook, a veteran volunteer umpire, who officiated in the 2016 Little League® Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa. He was 58.
Mr. Cook, a native of Clarksburg, W. Va., and resident of Bridgeport, W. Va., was a Little League umpire for more than 30 years. On his umpiring resume where numerous local and state tournament assignments, as well as, at the Junior Baseball Southeast Region tournament and World Series; and the Little League Baseball World Series. He also was a long-time dedicated supporter of the Bridgeport Little League Challenger Division.
A 1979 graduate of Bridgeport High School, Mr. Cook received a full scholarship to Salem College for football, but chose to attend Marshall University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business management. He worked at Kanawha Scales and Systems for the 28 years.
Active in Little League for 35 years, Mr. Cook enjoyed a variety of sports, especially auto racing. An avid NASCAR fan, he was also a member of the North Central Corvette Club.
Survived by his wife of nearly 37 years, Lisa; son, Josh; daughter, Molly; brothers, Robert and David; and several nieces and nephews, Mr. Cook was predeceased by his parents, Donald and Patricia. In lieu of flowers, Bridgeport Challenger League, 39 Windsor Drive Bridgeport, WV 26330; or BHS Alumni and Friends PO Box 201 Bridgeport, WV 26330.