THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF UMPIRING
FORD C. FRICK ( 1949 )
1 - Keep your eye on the ball.
2 - Keep all your personalities out of your work. Forget and forgive.
3 - Avoid sarcasm. Don't insist on the last word.
4 - Never charge a player and, above all, no pointing your finger or yelling.
5 - Hear only the things you should hear - be deaf to others.
6 - Keep your temper. A decision made in anger is never sound.
7 - Watch your language.
8 - Take pride in your work at all times. Remember, respect for an umpire is created off the field as well as on.
9 - Review your work. You will find, if you are honest, that 90% of the trouble is traceable to loafing.
10 - No matter what your opinion of another umpire, never make an adverse comment regarding him. To do so is despicable and ungentlemanly.
© Baseball Digest 1949