Rollings, Irish

Inducted: 2003

Rollings, Irish

Richmond, Kentucky

With three decades under his belt, Irish Rollings was and is a familiar face when one looks for the blue and white behind the plate or on the base paths, especially in Richmond, Kentucky, and the immediate area.

Richmond was home, where he officiated the majority of his 30 seasons, and he umpired many events there including the ever-popular Daniel Boone Classic, the many Fireman's Classics, the Kentucky Super Slam, Bluegrass State Games, and several other fundraisers and league games.

Umpire Rollings branched out to the surrounding areas including Lexington where he umpired the most prestigious tournament in men's slow pitch in the Bluegrass, the Thoroughbred Classic, and also the women's equivalent the Fillies Classic.

As the times have changed so has Mr. Rollings, who since the turn of the century (2000) has been calling high school fastpitch, women's college softball (UK, Transylvania, Asbury, and Berea) and still manages to make it to league games as well.

He has graduated to post-season events also including Kentucky State, Regional, and National Championships.

Before umpiring, he played and coached, most notably for the EKU ladies' softball club for three years, and in 1981 his women's team finished 2nd in the Kentucky 'B' state.

He continues to officiate, and his umpiring clinics over the past 16 years in Richmond assure his passion for Kentucky ASA softball still burns inside.