Gentry, Edward M.

Inducted: 1999

Gentry, Edward M.

Bowling Green, Kentucky

In 1974, while serving in the latter part of his 23-year career in the US Navy, he attended his first ASA umpiring school in Naples, Italy. In the spring of the following year, he began his umpiring career in earnest calling his first games in Greece. He culminated his military umpiring career by calling the Mediterranean Sports Tournament held in Spain.

After retiring from the service, he returned to his hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky where he resumed his umpiring career joining the Bowling Green Athletic Association in the spring of 1979. He was the president of the BG Umpires Association from 1980 through 1985 and was District Umpire-In-Chief from 1983 through 1985. He continued to umpire regularly until 1990.

While in Bowling Green, he has umpired various levels in both adult and youth slow and fast pitch softball. He has officiated in league, district, regional, and national regional play including the prestigious Spring Classic.

He umpired on a more limited basis through the Kentucky High School Athletic Association in slow pitch since 1983 and fast pitch since 1995. He retired from officiating in 1998.