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Spring Fling 2018: Deaf umpire can still call 'em like he sees 'em

By Diana C. Nearhos

2018 Tim King
Umpire Tim King speaks with William Blount coach Amanda Leatherwood during Class AAA state softball tournament game against Ooltewah on Wednesday. Ooltewah won 7-4 in 10 innings.

MURFREESBORO — There's no loud drama to Tim King's calls. Where some umpires have a distinct "striiike" call, King relies on the motions.

King, who is officiating his third straight TSSAA state softball championships, was born deaf. His speech is quiet and can be unclear. He gestures to coaches and players, motioning for the pitcher to wipe her hand before taking the ball or to confirm a substitution.

Read more: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/sports/high-school/2018/05/23/tssaa-spring-fling-2018-deaf-softball-umpire-makes-impact-acc-softball-pac-10-softball/635767002/

Source: Knox News

Photo credit - Caitie McMekin/News Sentinel

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