USA Softball of North Dakota announced this week that Tom Harty - former men's & women's umpire here in Jamestown as well as state Deputy Umpire-in-Chief - will be inducted as part of the Class of 2018 into the North Dakota Softball Hall of Fame.
Tom was a mainstay on our local complexes for a number of years, leading an excellent group of umpires that included Jay Sveum, Mark Stillwell, and his eventual replacement as DUIC, Marcel Krieger, among others. He was also heavily involved at the state level before walking away to spend more time with his family. His presence has been missed around the diamonds by those who have played long enough here to have shared the field with him. We look forward to seeing him receive an honor he greatly deserves when he goes into the Hall on Saturday, April 7th at the Gladstone Inn & Suites. For tickets, contact Amy Anderson at (701) 799-0772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Harty's Hall of Fame bio from USASoftballND.com:
After playing softball for ten years, Tom Harty of Jamestown decided he would try umpiring the game. He spent the next 33 years actively umpiring and served as Deputy Umpire in Chief for the Jamestown area for 20 of those years before his recent retirement.
Tom has an impressive resume as an umpire, having worked over 100 state tournaments as well as 10 Regional tournaments and 4 Nationals. He has also volunteered as a working umpire for 15 McQuade Tournaments.
Tom is respected for his knowledge of the rules and his ability to communicate clearly at any level of the game. He is regarded as an excellent clinician and an umpire who takes pride in sharing his knowledge and experience with new umpires. Players respect his judgement and his ability to handle difficult situations with a minimum of attention. He was always prepared for his assignments, properly dressed and equipped. He gained admission to the National Indicator Fraternity in 1994 and earned Elite status in 2005.