Saturday, September 30, 2017

Umpires Add 5th Memorial Patch for Bob Motley

MLB umpires have added a fifth black-and-white memorial patch to their uniform sleeves in honor of Bob Motley, who passed away earlier this month.
Related PostLast Surviving Negro Leagues Umpire Bob Motley Dies (9/15/17).

This is the fifth memorial patch worn by umpires this season, which are each comprised of the two letters that represent that person's initials; the previous four were combined into one sticker worn on the uniform's left sleeve; the newest Bob Motley patch is being worn above the numbers on the right sleeve. The full list of umpire memorial tributes to conclude the 2017 regular season is as follows (with links to each in memoriam article):

Black Memorial Patches Currently Worn on MLB Umpire Sleeves (Late September 2017):
1) MJ - Mark Johnson. Passed away October 26, 2016 at the age of 65. American League (1979-99).
2) RG - Russ Goetz. Passed away March 15, 2017 at the age of 86. American League (1968-83).
3) SP - Steve Palermo. Passed away May 13, 2017 at the age of 67. American League (1976-91).
4) KK - Ken Kaiser. Passed away August 9, 2017 at the age of 72. American League (1977-99).
5) BM - Bob Motley. Passed away September 15, 2017 at age 94. Negro Leagues (1947-1958).

Bob Motley announcement video on FOX as follows:

Alternate Link: Motley is remembered on Fox Saturday Baseball (FOX)


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