Long time TASO Baseball member Carl Childress passed away November 25, 2016. Carl\'s baseball career spans eight decades, from a "not very good catcher" in the 40\'s (his words) to a USSSA and TASO umpire in the 2010\'s. Along the way he combined his on-field "calling" with his off-field "writing" and produced a solid list of games and books.
Game highlights: National Baseball Congress World Series (twice); New York City High School All Star Game (he had the plate at Yankee Stadium); Texas American Legion State Championship (twice); American Legion Mid-South Regional; Oklahoma State v. Univ. of Texas, Pan-American (he took the famous eye-test administered by the San Diego Chicken); Texas State High School Championship play-offs (31 years, including a series in 2011 as the oldest playoff umpire ever chosen by coaches in his area).
Book highlights: Calling the Plate/Calling the Bases (see Carl\'s website, www.carlsbrd.com). Also in print: Calling All Umps!; Baseball Umpires Encyclopedia; 151 Ways to Ruin a Baseball Game; The Umpire\'s List of Lists, and Inside the Books.
Carl writes he is the proudest of the book 2015 BRD: Baseball Rules Differences. In 2003, Referee magazine selected it as one of the forty essential baseball books â€" required reading for serious umpires. More than a decade later; still essential.