"Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them" - George Eliot
Jim Spink lost his battle with cancer on June 30, 2021.
Jim Spink was a long-time member of Pacific Baseball Umpires, who had a natural calmness about him. He was respected by coaches and fellow umpires alike. Jim served on the Pacific Board of Directors and served as Secretary for 4 years. He was selected to officiate CIF playoffs in 2012 and 2017.
In 2018, Jim moved to Reno, NV, but still kept in touch with Pacific members from time to time, including long-time member John "Skip" Wilson. Skip recounts his last visit with Jim, "He took the high road, even remarking to me that Skip, it's just a bad deal." Typical Jim, just matter of fact, no BS, no regrets other than his game got cut short."
Jim, RIP and keep calling them as you see them!
Roger Osterberg passed away from complications due to pancreatitis on October 10, 2021.
Roger was a member of Pacific Baseball for a number of years before having to step away for work commitments. When he returned to San Diego, he began umpiring for SDCBUA and had discussed his return to Pacific for the 2022 season.
Roger was very kind and easy-going. He loved the game of baseball and enjoyed his time on the field. High School baseball in San Diego county will miss his presence.
RIP, Roger! You will always be missed!
Frank Alfano passed away on Sept. 5, 2019.
Frank attended Crawford High School, where he led them to three consecutive CIF Championships. He was drafted by the New York Mets out of high school, but opted to play for the USC Trojans, leading them to NCAA Championships in 1970 and 1971. He went on to play for the Minnesota Twins organization, before returning to San Diego.
Frank became a well-respected official in baseball, football, and track. He spent over 23 years, culminating in his selection to the San Diego County Sports Officials Hall of Fame in 2015.
The San Diego County Football Officials Association recently named their service award after Frank.
Frank was a valued member of the officiating community in San Diego and will forever be remembered.
Mike McDonald passed away peacefully on Sept. 2, 2019.
Mike spent over 51 years as an official in baseball and football. He helped found the officials wing of the Breitbard Hall of Fame and was selected to the San Diego County Sports Officials Hall of Fame in 2007.
Mike was very even-tempered and was very well-respected by coaches and other officials in San Diego. His influence is still evident throughout San Diego County, particularly when annual Hall of Fame inductions occur.
Rest in Peace, Mike!