Missouri City Bobby Marshall, 2005 Little League World Series Umpire
Missouri City resident and Planning and Zoning Commission member, Bobby Marshall, is among the "who's who" residents that contribute to the elevated image of the community. Almost a year ago, Marshall, who has been a long-time Little League volunteer umpire for the past 30 years, found out about his selection to be a part of this year's 2005 Little League World Series held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Given the honor it represents, since it is a one time only opportunity, "it was truly a dream come true," said Marshall. Little League International in Williamsport invites umpires from throughout the world to officiate at the World Series each year in recognition of their hard work and high level of skill. A total of 16 umpires are tapped each year for the honor as they are singled out for the once in a lifetime role in the Little League World Series tournament which consists of over 30 championship level games.
"The folks at Little League truly honored me with this invitation," said Marshall. "This is the highest level of umpiring in the volunteer Little League program and I feel blessed to have achieved it this year," he added. Many in his hometown of Missouri City caught Marshall on national television, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN (Spanish) and ABC, during live telecasts of all 32 of the World Series games held late August.
For the Little League World Series umpire selection, Marshall was recommended after umpiring the Southern Regional Tournament in 1999 at St. Petersburg, Florida. He was one of three of the 21 umpires from the tournament that was recommended. "That doesn't guarantee a spot, and umpires recommended have to wait six to eight years before they know about their selection," advises Marshall.
Most recently augmenting his credentials is his umpire work for the past three years at the EMEA (European, Middle East, Africa) Regional Tournament in Kutno, Poland. "That was a great experience," he recalls, "seeing ball players from all different countries and backgrounds playing the 'Great American Pastime' was a thrill."
Marshall also shares how the language differences did not keep the youngsters from getting along with one another, "just acting like kids off the field," he said, and "while on the field, baseball is baseball." The winner of that regional tournament umpired by Marshall is the one that represented EMEA in Williamsport at the World Series. "I have been sending a team to Williamsport for the past three years," shares Marshall, and "this year turned out to be my turn to go."
A native of Houston, Marshall and his family call the Missouri City Colony Crossing subdivision "home," having lived there since 1991. Active as a board member of the Colony Crossing HOA since 1992, he is also a former board member of Harris County MUD 122 and in addition to his service as a Planning and Zoning Commission member, Marshall also serves as a member of Missouri City's CIP committees.
Since 1986, Marshall has been umpiring and serving as an instructor of Umpire Schools for Texas District 16, encompassing southwest Houston from downtown to Katy, including the Missouri City, and First Colony Little Leagues. He is the Umpire-in-Chief of Texas District 16, on the Umpire staff of Texas East State Tournament in Tyler and on the Umpire staff of Southwest Regional Tournament in Waco.