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Homage to a local baseball umpire


On Aug. 28, the St. John's Senior Baseball League sustained a monumental lost.  A wonderful gentleman former player and umpire Steve Phillips passed away.

 Steve was a slick fielding former player with the Gonzaga Vikings in the late 1970s and 1980s.

And for the last two decades, Steve was an umpire in the St. Joh’'s Senior Baseball League, where he exhibited his great knowledge of the game through his meticulous calls.

As a former player, Steve sustained many injuries because of his fervent hustle.

 And as an umpire, Steve displayed fervent love for baseball.

Steve was never dramatic or confrontational as an umpire. Instead, he let the players play and called everything in a professional way that conveyed to players and fans that the games he umpired would be officiated efficiently.  

As an umpire, Steve even took time in between innings to give young players tips on how to incorporate defensive fundamentals into their fielding position.  

On nights and weekends when he was not scheduled to umpire, Steve would still be present at St. Pat’s ballpark to take in the game and chat to anyone as the perfect gentleman that he was.

Steve’s soft voice, thoughtful personality and love of baseball reverberated through St. Pat’s ballpark.

To all Steve’s family and friends, all his wisdom, warmth and decency transcends a feeling that he is touching us and the love of baseball and good men like Steve make us believe in the field of dreams.

 John Ryall

Mout Pearl

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