Earlier this week, in York Pennsylvania, it was announced that Ray Jackson would work his final game as a youth umpire. The man known as Action Jackson had a strong influence on baseball players in the southern Pennsylvania county and serves as a reminder of what is right with the game of baseball.
The Importance of Childhood Umpires
Action Jackson, along with many other umpires, have helped to shape generations of little leaguers. The job of a youth baseball umpire is rarely a glamorous job. From the high heat during the dog days of summer to frustrated parents who are taking the game a little too seriously, youth umpires have a lot on their plate.
A good umpire can not only call a good game, either behind the plate or in the field but can also navigate these parents, troubling coaches, and little leaguers who are learning the game. Action Jackson excelled in these areas. He was famous for running around the plate doing a little dance shouting “two balls, two strikes, two outs, two, two two!” His passion for the game made it a joy to watch for parents and a joy to play for the kids.
Now, after 43-years Jackson is finally calling it day. After an incredible career, he will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of playing in a game he managed.
Enjoy your retirement Ray!
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