Major League Baseball umpiring legend Emmett Ashford worked in Fairbanks, Alaska during the 1973 baseball season. During a state championship game between the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks and the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, Clif Holland attempts to steal second base. Ashford is on the call.
Check the replay closely before disagreeing with the call. Emmett is one of the most revered baseball umpires of all time!
Ashford was the left field umpire in the 1967 All-Star Game, and worked all five games of the 1970 World Series.
Also on his resume is his status as the first African American to work in organized baseball. Even before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in MLB, Emmett was working pro ball as an umpire.
You can see Emmett in the all-time greatest baseball movie: The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings.
Following his death, Ashford was cremated, and his ashes are interred in Cooperstown, New York.
Following the play, the entirety of a recently discovered one-minute clip from the 1973 season is played. Dan Grimm is the pitcher for the Goldpanners. John Gunther is his catcher.
1973 Alaska Goldpanners:http://goldpanners.com/Seas...