Year Inducted – 1997

Following a lengthy period of time as a fine player with such teams as the Avery A.C. Stembridge All-Stars, Royal Vagabonds, Holland Furnaces, Warren, Ohio Gamecocks, and a year with the Pittsburgh Crawfords of the National Negro League, George embarked on an umpiring career. He graduated from umpire school and became the first accredited African-American sports official registered in Ohio. His experience as a player made him keenly aware of his responsibilities as an umpire and he became very competent. His skills and ability landed him assignments at all levels of competition, including the Stan Musial Amateur World Series in Battle Creek, Michigan, and many high school, college regular season tournament games, and AA League games as well. George was a member of the Portage County Umpire’s Association and served as its president for several years.