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    Around The NL: St. Louisan Davis gets final series here
    Compiled By Rick Hummel
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    09/11/2005

    Gerry Davis saw the first regular-season game played in Busch Stadium in 1966 from the bleachers. "I've still got the certificate," said Davis, who was 13 at the time. Davis will see the last regular-season game at Busch from the field.

    The St. Louis native and umpire crew chief, who grew up going to 30 or so Cardinals games a year before he went away to umpire school in 1976 - "I always sat in the bleachers" - has been allowed to trade his last regular- season series so that he can work the final weekend here, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

    In fact, Davis, who was scheduled to work the next-to-last series here, will be joined by St. Louisan Ron Kulpa, another umpire who also was permitted to trade assignments with a member of the Joe Brinkman crew that had been slated to work here.

    Major League Baseball has made similar concessions in past years to allow umpires from a particular city to work the last game played in that city's stadium. Davis, who is here this weekend, said, "This means a lot to my family and friends.

    "When you become an umpire, you're not a fan anymore," Davis said. But he added, "I'm glad the Cardinals are so far ahead (in the standings), so I'll be able to enjoy the atmosphere."
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    As an alum of Roosevelt High School, I was hoping that Gerry would get the final game behind the plate.

    BTW, Gerry pitched a B team no-hitter against Soldan or Vashon, I can't remember which, at their home field. He had a nasty breaking ball.
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    • #3
      For all the worthwhile criticism leveled at MLB, it is nice to see that they have a sense of personal history in this matter.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by The Kev@Sep 11 2005, 09:41 AM
        For all the worthwhile criticism leveled at MLB, it is nice to see that they have a sense of personal history in this matter.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by stlredman@Sep 11 2005, 09:37 AM
          As an alum of Roosevelt High School, I was hoping that Gerry would get the final game behind the plate.

          BTW, Gerry pitched a B team no-hitter against Soldan or Vashon, I can't remember which, at their home field. He had a nasty breaking ball.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by jhuegy+Sep 11 2005, 08:51 AM-->
            QUOTE(jhuegy @ Sep 11 2005, 08:51 AM)
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