|Longtime Rulebook Umpire Carl Childress has died.|
As a rules educator, Childress had a way with words: humorous, while clearly and concisely conveying important concepts. Here is one of my favorite Childress-isms (from an Officiating.com article):
Here's what you're supposed to say on a foul ball: "Time!" Generally, we amateurs just say "Foul!"
Here's what you're supposed to say on a fair ball: " !" The blank space means you're supposed to say nothing. A friend read it and didn't get it.
|Still from Officiating YouTube Video: Controlling the Game.|
Since then, Childress wrote, edited, and otherwise journaled material for Referee, Officiating.com, and Childress' own carlsbrd.com: He renamed the mechanic known as "Position 1" to the now-commonly used "Position A," served as a trainer in Texas, and—yes—continued working his slate of D1 college games. He collaborated with all manners of officials, and tabbed Hunter Wendelstedt as official OBR interpreter for his BRD, which he continued publishing annually through 2016.
Speaking to the longevity and gravitas of "Papa C" in baseball officiating circles, Carl's BRD reached 34 editions under his authorship: It is the UEFL's book of choice for deciphering rule differences for FED/NCAA/PRO Case Plays matters.
Carl Childress was 79 years old (April 23, 1937).