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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Douglass Graduate to umpire All-American Baseball Game


One of our Douglass graduates has again been called up to umpire a special baseball game that showcases much of the country's best future professional baseball players.

Gary Maxwell has once again been selected to be one of the 4 umpires to work the AFLAC All-American Baseball Game, at Petco Park in San Diego. Gary served as one of the umpires last year and was called back.

Every summer, Gary umpires games for a company called Perfect Game USA, who contracts the National Umpires Association to do all these baseball game at the East Cobb Baseball Ccmplex in Marietta, Ga. Teams of baseball players atgest 14-18 come from all over the country, Ohio, California, just to name a few. The gentlemen that select four umpires to go to San Diego, only selects the best the country has to offer, and they check umpires from everywhere.

So after spending days in the hot Atlanta sun, 4 were chosen and our Gary Maxwell is one of the four. Wife Charlotte says it's like winning the Super Bowl and the World Series all rolled into one.

The AFLAC All-American game will be on national television on Sunday August 15th at 8P-M EDT, possibly on Foxsports South (the sports network has not bee announced yet).

We're told that Gary will be the umpire at first base. There will be 4, the gentlemen behind home plate will be Chad Staples,(15 yrs experience), Gary ( 38 years experience) at First, Second base Jim Stros (20 years experience and also National Umpires Association Director), and third base will be James Gordon (40 years pxperience).

This is a great experience for Gary and Charlotte, and the Douglass Alumni Association congratulates him on this latest accomplishment.