Robert C. Motley
Position: chief umpire in Negro Leagues
Teams: East-West All Star Game Umpire
Born: March 11, 1923, Dayton, Ohio
Baseball Career Highlights:
"I was the chief umpire for the East-West All Star games, in Chicago, Illinois."
"I was the first African American umpire to attend the Al Somers Umpire School in Daytona Beach, Florida. At the end of my training, I earned the designation 'Outstanding Umpire.' The second year I attended, I was a top honors student. After umpire school, I became an umpire for the Pacific Coast League. In addition, I was the chief umpire for the College World Series, in Omaha, Nebraska, and for several Big Eight Tournaments. I worked for General Motors for 37 years as a general foreman and superintendent."
Awards, Honors, Titles, Championships,
• Kansas City Royals Baseball Club Royals Lancer
• Kansas City Chiefs Football Club Red Coater
• Kansas City Blades Hockey Team Blue Liner
• Kansas City Explorers Tennis Club Ace
• Past President of the Kansas City Royals Lancers
• Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Board Member
• Kansas City Chiefs Red Coater Past Board Member
• Kansas City Club and Rotary Club No. 13 Member
Source: NLBM Legacy 2000 Players' Reunion Alumni Book, Kansas City Missouri: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Inc., 2000.
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