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  • Umpiring pioneer, Negro Leagues museum founder Bob Motley dies at age 94

    Pioneering umpire Bob Motley, 94, died Thursday, according to his son, Byron. Motley was born in Alabama, the sixth of eight children to a sharecropper and his wife. After serving in World War II, Motley moved to Kansas City, becoming the first black umpire in 1947 in the Ban Johnson League. In 1948, he umpired his first game in the Negro Leagues. In 1990, Motley helped start the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum with Bob Kendrick. (Music: Disquiet by Kevin MacLeod)

Pioneering umpire Bob Motley, 94, died Thursday, according to his son, Byron. Motley was born in Alabama, the sixth of eight children to a sharecropper and his wife. After serving in World War II, Motley moved to Kansas City, becoming the first black umpire in 1947 in the Ban Johnson League. In 1948, he umpired his first game in the Negro Leagues. In 1990, Motley helped start the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum with Bob Kendrick. (Music: Disquiet by Kevin MacLeod) Tammy Ljungblad and Blair Kerkhoff The Kansas City Star
Pioneering umpire Bob Motley, 94, died Thursday, according to his son, Byron. Motley was born in Alabama, the sixth of eight children to a sharecropper and his wife. After serving in World War II, Motley moved to Kansas City, becoming the first black umpire in 1947 in the Ban Johnson League. In 1948, he umpired his first game in the Negro Leagues. In 1990, Motley helped start the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum with Bob Kendrick. (Music: Disquiet by Kevin MacLeod) Tammy Ljungblad and Blair Kerkhoff The Kansas City Star

Passing of a legend: pioneering umpire Bob Motley dies at 94

September 15, 2017 1:02 PM