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One of the best ways to be seriously considered for the Hall of Fame is to be recommended by a peer already in the Hall of Fame, and then backed up by strong documentation. In Bob's case, his selection was made easy because the above criteria was met by three current Hall of Famers, Rich McGill, Steve Farlee, and Jeff Graver. Bob mentored two of them.

Bob was serious about umpiring. At the age of 17 he began his umpiring career in the NE Nebraska Tri-County League and attended the Harry Wendelstedt School of Umpiring in Daytona after high school graduation.

Steve Farlee said, 'Bob was an active umpire for 38 years, umpiring over a dozen state semi-pro tournaments and 12 State Legion tournaments; 28 years umpiring in the Dodge County League, NAIA and NCAA Division II baseball and umpired over 2000 games.'

Rich McGill and Jeff Graver agreed on many points. 'He helped us become a better umpire by going over and over the rules, discussed dress codes and how to act properly as an umpire, expected excellence and effort from his partners and himself and was all about professionalism. He assisted many umpires, would loan equipment if necessary, was a good friend, partner, and person, conducted clinics, took time to answer any questions and reminded us all to enjoy the game and have fun.'

Welcome to the Hall, Bob.