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THE  TEN  COMMANDMENTS  OF  UMPIRING

by

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

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