DANVILLE — Thirty-one years of baseball memories were crammed into 30 minutes Monday evening at Danville High School. Former major league baseball umpire and Prospect native Larry Barnett addressed the numerous sports enthusiasts following the 69th annual Danville Lions Club raccoon dinner at the high school auditorium with a full slate of humor and fond memories of his years in the major leagues.
In his presentation titled “Baseball from behind the umpire’s mask,” Barnett shared what it was like to be the youngest umpire in MLB history at age 24 while having the pleasure of meeting many great people and enduring massive criticism as well.
Barnett was an umpire in the 1975 World Series and was involved in a controversial call which turned Boston Red Sox fans against him to this day. He explained that he still has a scrapbook full of death threats from Red Sox fans.
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