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Vince Greco

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Being a community minded individual who enjoyed watching the youth play baseball, Vince Greco would witness games where a lack of direction and supervision would prevent them from playing in a reasonable time. He recognized the need for umpires and in 1937 launched an umpiring career that spanned nearly 40 years on various levels. Vince’s activities were not limited to the field of play for he was just as active, if not more so, behind the scenes. Once committed to umpiring at the age of 26, he organized the local umpire’s chapter and served as secretary-treasurer for several years and also assisted with clinics and classes on umpiring. Vince was so respected he was asked to umpire in the professional Middle Atlantic League but his work schedule on the railroad would not permit it. However, he did manage to do innumerable WPIAL playoff and college games in addition to his work with the local leagues in Beaver County. Vince worked about 100 games a year and over 3500 for his career. Because of his vast experience, he served as rules interpreter for many years. Vince gave up umpiring in 1975 due to trouble with his legs, but his tenure calling balls and strikes and out and safe calls left a legacy that will not be forgotten.