April 9, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Former Major League umpire and current member of the Tennessee House of Representatives Dale Ford will be the guest speaker at this week's Tennessee Baseball Luncheon, to be held at noon on Thursday, April 12, in the MVP Room at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Tickets for the event are $10 per person with UT Bullpen Club members receiving a $5 discount. Those who attend will also receive a sneak peek of UT's game plan for its upcoming series against No. 4 Florida and hear from the Vol coaching staff and selected players as they give an update on the season. To RSVP, contact Tyler Jones at (865) 974-9001.
A native of Jonesborough, Tennessee, Ford was an umpire in the American League from 1974-1999, working four American League Division Series and four American League Championship Series, as well as the 1986 and 1997 World Series, won by the New York Mets and Florida Marlins, respectively. He also worked the 1988 All-Star Game in Cincinnati and the 1999 Midsummer Classic at Fenway Park in Boston.
In the 1986 World Series, Ford was behind the plate for game six, famous for Bill Buckner's pivotal error. He is also known for once ejecting Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver during the national anthem as well as a number of run-ins with New York Yankees manager Billy Martin.
Ford has served in the Tennessee House of Representatives since 2006, representing the sixth district, which is comprised of parts of Washington and Hawkins County. He is a member of the Agriculture and Transportation Committees.
A retired sergeant in the U.S. Army, Ford and his wife, Joyce, have five children and reside in Jonesborough.