Bob Motley, Last Surviving Negro League Ump, Recalls Baseball History : NPR: Bob Motley, a 91-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., has lived through remarkable times in our history.
His story is one of a black man in love with baseball. Racial integration didn't come to the major leagues until 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the color line at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
But it was another 19 years before a black man, Emmett Ashford, appeared behind home plate. In the interim, black umpires called balls and strikes in the Negro League.
Motley is the last surviving ump from Negro League baseball. He also served with the first-ever black Marine regiment in World War II, the Montfort Point Marines.