Local umpires honored

A quartet of long-time umpires with more than 100 years of experience and thousands of games among them were inducted Wednesday into the local umps association hall of fame.


Eric Shroyer, right, presents long-time umpire Bud Kite with a plaque Wednesday in recognition of his induction into the Top of Ohio Umpires Association Hall of Fame as fellow inductee Dean Wasson, far left, and Dan Teets look on. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

Bud Kite, Fred Petske, Dean Wasson and Rocky Teets were inducted into the Top of Ohio Umpires Association Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.

Teets’ son, Dan, accepted the plaque on behalf of his father, who died in 2006. The elder Teets was an integral part in building up the local umpire association while working as the parks director for the city of Urbana, said Eric Shroyer, himself a longtime umpire who chaired the hall of fame selection committee.

“Back in those days, we met in Rocky’s office down in Urbana,” Shroyer said, crediting Teets for starting what is now known as the Top of Ohio Umpires Association.


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