- Associated Press - Monday, February 20, 2017

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - A longtime baseball umpire from Selma will be inducted into the Alabama Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame next month.

Terry Jackson will be inducted March 4 after calling nearly four decades of games for numerous organizations, the Selma Times-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/2lqWjpo ). With the nickname “PeeWee,” he called games all over the country, including six national tournaments during his time as an umpire for the ASA.

“It really is special to get into the Hall of Fame because when you umpire, you umpire with a lot of guys. In the national tournament, you umpire with guys from all over the United States,” Jackson said. “I umpired with guys from California, Georgia, Texas, Cleveland, Ohio. They come from everywhere. When you get to the national tournament, you have teams from all over the United States.”

Jackson started calling games for the ASA in 1981 until 1999. He had a second stint with the organization from 2004-2011.

Jackson played on a softball team in 1996 that reached the national tournament. But he decided to work the tournament after being chosen to call games as an umpire.

“I had a choice to make, whether I was going to play or umpire,” Jackson said. “It was a glory for me to get elected to go to the tournament and you’ve got 106 teams from all across the United States.”

Jackson worked as an official for the Alabama High School Athletic Association since 1979. He also worked games for the Alabama Independent School Association since the early 2000s.

“I’ve umpired 40 years. All those kids that are grown, they were children. Now they are grown, they’ve got kids and they still know me,” he said.

He is the president and booking agent for the Dallas County Umpires Association.

“(Jackson) has a very good understanding of the game,” said Gerald Barron, a longtime official and umpire. Barron now serves as the city’s baseball coordinator.

“A lot of times when you deal with sports you have to have people skills, and I think he has people skills. He knows baseball and I think his best attribute with baseball is he loves it.”

Louis Adkison, a committee member of the ASA Hall of Fame, said he lobbied for Jackson to join the hall.

“Terry fought the mosquitoes in Montgomery, gnats in Dothan, red bugs and ticks in Tuscaloosa and hot weather in Gadsden, while earning the right to become a member of the Hall of Fame,” Adkison said.


Information from: Times Journal, https://www.selmatimesjournal.com/

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