Hal Case from Mission was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame as an umpire.
His venerable umpiring career began in 1968 doing 16-inch and 12-inch slow pitch and fast pitch. Case has been an Amateur Softball Association (ASA) umpire since 1969 and has umpired for Madison Park and Recreation, Waukesha Park and Recreation, Milwaukee Metro Fast Pitch Association, Milwaukee Shirley Martin Fast Pitch Leagues Association and the Texas Association of Sports Officials and the University Interscholastic League (UIL).
Case and his wife, Dorothy, travel to Milwaukee for the annual national get-together of the Academy of Advanced and Challenged Enthusiasts of square dancing. When visiting Wisconsin, Case officiates as an umpire. This summer he has umpired in Kenosha, Beloit, Dodgeville and Watertown, WI.
From 1990 to 2006 he has worked numerous Wisconsin ASA Junior Olympics state tournaments in addition to many more ASA regional and national qualifiers. In 1996, he umpired the ASA Class A 16-inch slow pitch national tournament.
His greatest legacy to Wisconsin softball may be as a teacher training umpires for the Madison Park and Rec leagues for several years. Students include his two daughters and the current WASA Umpire-in-Chief, Dick Buskov. He has also assisted in the training of softball officials in Texas and was claimed an “invaluable resrouce to the WASA umpire’s program and a perfect addition to the Hall of Fame” as he received the award at Fond du Lac, WI.
Case, who enjoys a good jigsaw puzzle and is an active member of his retirement community and church, umpires in both Wisconsin and Texas and has refereed volleyball for 40 years. He has also worked in basketball for 30 years in Wisconsin. He is part of the ASA fast pitch in Texas from September through May and umpires ASA games in Wisconsin in the summer.