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THEY'RE NOT BORN THAT WAY?
Lessons in voice, gesture and monumental assurance are basic in the curriculum of the Bill McGowan School for Umpires at Daytona Beach, which in its 18 years has placed nine alumni in the major leagues
Out of game goes make-believe manager (Instructor Frank Walsh) for disputing Lloyd Koser's decision.
"Let 'em know," says Instructor Tim Timoney (right), showing proper "safe" signal to Fred Walker.
"Yer out!" screams a synchronized formation of prospective umpires, and up go the fists to prove it. Hand signals, like proper stance, voice control, interpretation of the rules and the handling of tough situations, are all part of the school's curriculum.