One day, Colleen Ahart visited her husband Alfred in a nursing home.

"He told me the umpires were going to do something for Tim," Colleen said. "I asked him, 'How do you know this?' He said, 'God told me.'"

As it turns out, Alfred may be a prophet.

Not long after that experience, Alfred's late son, Tim, who passed away last December at age 60, was inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame.

The induction banquet took place June 14 in Columbus.

Tim, a 1971 Tallmadge graduate, spent much of his life as a baseball umpire. He also spent some time as a volleyball official.

But baseball was Tim's first love even though he usually didn't need a bat or a glove.

"When the kids played in the neighborhood, Tim never played a game," said Colleen, who is Tim's mother. "He always had to be the umpire."

After graduating from Tallmadge, Tim eventually moved to Columbus, where he got acquainted with some Major League Baseball umpires.

"A bunch of the umpires came to the calling hours and the funeral service," Colleen said. "Some of them talked about Tim and how he affected their lives."

Just about any umpire has needed to defend himself or herself in front of an irate player or coach after a close call.

If you didn't particularly care for one of Tim's calls, you would have had a difficult time proving him wrong.

"He started umpiring when he was just a kid," Colleen said. "He knew the rules frontward and backward. He would tell anyone exactly what the rule was straight from the book."

Colleen and the rest of her family were thrilled to be a part of Tim's induction ceremony. They just wished Tim would have been there with them.

"He would have been so thrilled," Colleen said. "He lived and breathed baseball."


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