Veeck’s Son Dusts Off Old Idea and Crowdsources the Umpiring

Pat Borzi, NY Times

ST. PAUL — The left-handed batter tried to check his swing in the first inning. In a reflex honed through thousands of innings behind the plate, Dwight Childs, a catcher for the St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association, pointed up the third-base line, appealing for a swinging strike call.

But there was no umpire there — or at second, or at first or even behind the plate at Midway Stadium. The game’s final arbiter, a man in a flowing black robe that flapped in the breeze, stood with his arms folded behind the mound. He pumped a fist, signaling a strike.

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