Call of a Lifetime: Umpire Dale Scott visits Cooperstown
The longtime crew chief was at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on May 17 promoting his recently released memoir, “The Umpire Is Out: Calling the Game and Living My True Self” and participating in a Museum Author Series program.
In it, the 62-year-old Scott tells stories from his career, but as the title alludes to, he also shares his unique perspective as the only umpire in the history of professional baseball to come out as gay during his career.
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“When you’re working, you’re in it, you’re doing it, that’s just what you do. But I’ve had a chance to reflect after I retired and I think every once in a while, ‘Oh my gosh, I was there, man. I did that.’ It is pretty remarkable,” Scott said. “Certainly among the most memorable was the 2001 World Series after 9/11 and the emotion that was going on in this country and of course in New York. That was such an unbelievable series. So I’m very grateful and thankful for the career I had.”
Remarkably, after such a long career in the game, this was Scott’s first visit to Cooperstown.
“Talk about excited when I found out this was going to happen. It’s something I always wanted to see. It’s a place I’ve heard so much about. I was just really excited and I’m just thrilled to be here,” Scott said. “When you first walk in the Plaque Gallery, I just stopped and looked and tried to take it all in it. To see the plaques at the induction ceremonies on TV is one thing, but to actually see them in person is just really, really moving.
“I am so glad to be here and encourage anybody that has any inkling towards baseball, that loves baseball, to come see this.”
Bill Francis is the senior research and writing specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum