May 16, 2013

Hamline Event Featured in the New York Times

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On May 11, Hamline University sponsored a St. Paul Saints game that featured no umpires. A game with no umpires was a rather special rarity and the New York Times was on hand to cover it.

Instead of umpires the game utilized a courtroom format to enforce the rules of baseball. A judge in full regalia presided over the game and kicked things off by pounding his gavel on home plate. The judge also called the balls and strikes, while two juries comprised of 12 little leaguers served as base umpires. Fans were even given the opportunity to join the action, as they were allowed to approach the judge to air any disputes over calls, allowing everyone to participate in the judicial process. 

 
When all was said and done, the Saints defeated the Gary South Shore RailCats 4-3.