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A letter to the College Baseball Foundation From Dick Runchey:

I'm having trouble finding the exact words to say to all of you, but I'll give it my best shot. I know, amazing, me lost for words.

This year is my 43rd year being involved in Baseball umpiring and I must say the last three days at the CBHOF have been my most cherished and greatest days in the game. I thank you and the whole staff for making this happen. Being the 1st umpire to receive the CBHOF Umpire Award is truly a humbling and heartfelt honor for which I am forever grateful. I accept this award on behalf of every umpire worldwide. Yes, we're a rare breed but our passion and dedication to the game is beyond approach. I look forward to seeing the future winners of this award and to see us displayed in your dream come true, the College Baseball Hall Of Fame. What a beautiful venue it will be.

But most important I would like to thank all of you for your gracious hospitality to my family, and my umpire friends. They can't stop talking about how great you all are and how you made them feel part of the CBHOF family.

Yes, I took back with me the Umpire Award, but most important I made friendships that I will continue to grow and cherish the rest of my life. I am blessed.

As I told Jana the day I first met her and saw the sparkle in her eyes like her Dad's… Baseball Is a Game... but it's the PEOPLE we get to meet that make it so enjoyable.

Mike and the CBHOF team, thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

Will talk soon, I want to help in anyway I can to make the CBHOF dream come true.

Dick Runchey