Tom Mason

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The foremost authority on softball rules, many of which he wrote, this Newark resident started softball umpiring in 1957, and served 18 years on the national umpire staff of the Amateur Softball
Association, nine of them as National Umpire-in-Chief and International Rules Interpreter (I 972-1980). The formal title was retired when he stepped down in 1980. His 15-year umpiring service
included 25 state, six regional, four military, and five national championships. He supervised umpiring in the 1978 National Sports Festival, 1979 Pan-American Games, four world championships, and
nine ASA Nationals  He also directed the filming of three umpire films and wrote the manual used by more than 65.000 umpires. In 1997, Tom was selected by Referee magazine, a national magazine
for sports officials, as one of “20 Who Made a Difference,” an award recognizing the top 20 in the nation who influenced officiating in the last 20 years. He; received a “National Award of
Excellence” from the ASA. Tom was inducted into the National ASA Hall of Fame in 1982, Alabama Softball Hall of Fame in 1992 and Delaware Softball Hall of Fame in 1999. He was also a long-time
football & basketball official.



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