Scott Graham

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Scott Graham
Baseball Umpire • West Chester

Until his retirement in 2016, Scott Graham was a lifelong resident of West Chester, where he and CCSHOF member Jon Matlack were battery mates at West Chester High School. Though successful as a player in high school and college, an injury while playing in the West Chester Adult Baseball League in 1973 led Scott to ask Commissioner Frank Farley if he could finish out the season as an umpire. Commissioner Farley was impressed enough with Scott’s work that he suggested that Scott pursue a career in umpiring, and so began a journey that lasted 42 years.

Scott graduated from professional umpire school in 1975 and worked as an umpire in the Gulf Coast League (Rookie), Florida State League (Class A), Southern League (Class AA) and International League (Class AAA) over the next seven years, where he was selected to work the All-‐Star Games and League Championships in each. During this time, he also served as an instructor at the Bill Kinnamon Professional Umpire School. In addition, Scott umpired games for Major League Baseball in the National League in 1991, 1995, and 2005.

In 1982, Scott Graham began a collegiate umpiring career that would span the next 35 years. Beginning in the Philadelphia area and being selected to work League Championships in the Big East, Atlantic 10, and East Coast Conferences, Scott achieved national recognition in 1991 when he was selected to work his first NCAA Division 1 Regional Tournament at LSU. He has since gone on to umpire in The Big 12 Conference, The Atlantic Coast Conference, The Big 10 Conference, Conference USA and the American Athletic Conference, working Championship Tournaments in the latter four. He went on to work 19 more NCAA Regionals, 10 NCAA Super Regionals, and was selected four times to work the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1996, he became the only first-‐year College World Series umpire to ever be selected to umpire home plate in the National Championship game. This game (LSU -‐ 9, Miami – 8) has been memorialized in the NCAA Hall of Champions as “The Game of the Century.” Scott was designated as Crew Chief for his next three College World Series assignments.

Scott served four years as an NCAA Regional Evaluator, selecting umpires for NCAA Regionals, Super Regionals and The College World Series. He has been a featured clinician at numerous NCAA Umpire Clinics across the country, and has served as a AAA Umpire Evaluator for Major League Baseball. He retired from active umpiring at the end of the 2017 season.

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