Cliff Clark began umpiring in 1974 at the age of 14 and continued until 1980. In 1985 he resumed his umpiring by working in youth baseball, Bab Ruth and American Legion games. During this time frame, cliff has called over 4,000 games at various levels, and for the last 12 years has dedicated his time entirely to American Legion baseball. Cliff has worked 9 American Legion state tournaments, 5 American Legion District tournaments and 10 Hap Dumont World Series tournaments. Cliff has been a positive role model for young umpires by organizing training classes and working with them on the field in game situations. Cliff has been a mainstay as an umpire for forty years and his dedication to the program has earned him this recognition.
Mick Cochran started his American Legion career in 1987 as a player with the Wheatland Lobos. He coached in the Babe Ruth program from 1992 through 1997and umpired for several before he started coaching American Legion baseball in Mandan, North Dakota. After a year in Mandan and a year in Laramie, WY., Mick came back to Wheatland and took over the Post 10 American Legion program. Mick’s teams won four state championships in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. Over 700 players have come through his program, with 31 moving on to play college baseball. Many of his former players have come back to become coaches and umpires in the Wheatland area and will be the first to tell you that the life lessons learned under Coach Cochran have stayed with them to this day.
Art Baker moved to Wyoming in 1989 after a very successful baseball career in both high school and college in Illinois. He started and coached the Lander American Legion A program and in the early 2000’s coached the Riverton AA American Legion program. He developed and started the Wyoming American Legion All State awards program in 2002, which is successful to this day. Art has volunteered his time on various baseball boards and has umpired American Legion baseball in the Riverton and Lander area for over 30 years. He continues to share his knowledge of the game and has been a positive influence on many young athletes and has helped them foster a passion for the game of baseball.
Gary Delgado began his American Legion Baseball journey as a player in Torrington in 1986. He continued his playing career at Pratt Community College for a year before he began his umpiring career in 1991. Gary has umpired baseball for the last 32 years, the majority being dedicated to American Legion Baseball. He has called games in California, Colorado, Nebraska, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming at all levels of baseball from Little League, Babe Ruth, American Legion and College. He has umpired 2 Region 7 American Legion tournaments, 15 AA/A Wyoming State tournaments and 5 Wyoming B State tournaments. Gary is currently serving as the Wyoming State UIC and has been instrumental in establishing a review and training program of the Wyoming umpires, with the goal of encouraging and retaining younger umpires in the Legion system.