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  • Milford umpire selected for Little League World Series

  • Milford's George Luff was an umpire in the Little League World Series last August.
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  • Milford resident George Luff is a life-long baseball fan, and he'll tell you story after story to delight and amaze.
    Thirty years of coaching and umpiring will do that for you.
    Last August, Luff had the honor of being selected to umpire in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. And yes, he has some great stories to tell about his time in Williamsport.
    What's also amazing is how he finally got selected for the honor after numerous attempts.
    Luff, who's originally from Harrington, said that last summer was his eighth try, and when he was told there were 18-thousand applicants for the 16 positions, he didn't like the odds. "When I got the letter that I was selected, I was elated, and stunned at the news," he said. His dream of making it to a World Series was finally fulfilled.
    One game he'll always remember was the Japan-China game. "It's amazing the fast pace of the game, even though they are young boys. It's only a 60-foot diamond in Little League, but the game is played at an incredible speed. The important thing to remember is to always try to be in the right position on the field at the right time, and also being an umpire is harder than it looks," he said. Luff added that the kids are great to work with, especially the catchers, because he has to work closely with them during every game.
    During the Series, several of his calls were challenged, but fortunately his decisions were upheld.
    At the recent Milford Little League Opening Night, Luff was honored for his years of service and for his selection as a World Series umpire. A banner with his name is now a part of the little league complex.
    He's very grateful of the support he receives from his wife Cathy, who is also an ardent baseball fan.
    Luff added that part of being an effective umpire is developing thick skin. "No matter what, you can't please everybody all the time. At least 50 percent of the crowd will get on you about your calls, you just have to take and maintain control of each game," he said.
     

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