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June 13, 2019 - 6:46pm

Bill Pitcher: An umpire for 50 years

posted by Howard B. Owens in baseball, video, batavia.
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Bill Pitcher has been an umpire for high school and youth baseball in and around Batavia for 50 years.

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Great interview Pitch

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I remember when bill started, I also had a lot of good times with him and Otis Leach was unforgettable !! Lol congrats bill on quite a milestone !!

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Bill is a long time best friend and truly dedicated to every task he pursues. This accomplishment is just one example. Way to go, Pitch...

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I just wanted to give a shout out to my (old?) friend, Bill.
We were schoolmates in high school, and, after we graduated, occasionally I'd run into him when he and his dad and brother would be out "carousing", playing music in some out-of-the-way honky-tonk. Never a dull time when those three got together.

The last time I saw him was in '98, when I took the precision machinist course at BOCES. As a teacher, he would stop in and help the high school students that were taking the machinist course with some of their academic studies.

I never quite understood the moniker "Mild Bill" that was given to him, but then, I never met his co-patriot, "Wild Bill" McDonald - so maybe his nickname "Mild" was appropriate.

Keep on 'keepin on', Bill.

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