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I'm rooting for you, Pam!
I was defeated by baseball before I started. I worked that game completely alone because of the refusal of the umpire who was supposed to be working with me to work as a team.
If you're going to do a story, tell all the facts. Don't have me be remembered as just crying and walking off the field! Baseball didn't want me, or it wouldn't have had me in court for so many years fighting for my right to be an umpire. I won the court battle, but I couldn't force the umpires to work with me.
As for Postema, she's a great umpire and should be given a fair shot at the majors.
Also, for your information, I did umpire afterwards. I worked games for retarded and handicapped children's benefits. Moreover, I worked semipro games for the Bridgeton, N.J. Invitational, the National Baseball Congress in Wichita, the New York City Police Department, the YMCA and industrial leagues during the period baseball had me in court.
By the way, former Dodger pitcher Ralph Branca, a man, cried when he was defeated in a playoff game for the World Series by the New York Giants. Billy Martin, former Yankee manager, cried on nationwide television when he resigned under pressure. Joe Namath, New York Jets quarterback, also cried on television when Pete Rozelle ordered him to sell his interests in a New York restaurant—or be suspended from the NFL.
McDermott's report evoked strong memories of my days growing up in Wilmington, Del. and later playing tennis for Barb Mueller at Ohio State. Bunny Vosters and her daughter, Gretchen Spruance, epitomize the way tennis used to be played. Unfortunately those days seem to be gone forever. I remember playing against them in doubles after returning home to Wilmington for the summer from a long season of matches and practice at Ohio State. Even though I thought I was playing the best tennis of my life, I was "taken to the cleaners" by the pair. Maybe they are why I moved from Delaware to New Hampshire!