Sport: Bird's-Eye Umpiring

Fleshy, flashy Ray Dumont, onetime Wichita sporting-goods dealer, is a prolific begetter of brain children. Six years ago, to stimulate his trade, he organized the country's sandlotters into the National Semi-Pro Baseball Congress. To ballyhoo the sand-lot business, he introduced many innovations: automatic home-plate duster (compressed air whooshed through an underground tube), neon-lighted Scoreboard, jack-in-the-box microphone for umpire's announcements, electric eye to detect balls.

Last week Ray Dumont announced the birth of another brain child: an "eagle's nest" for umpires. Like the crow's nest tried out at a Southern Oregon State Normal...

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