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Jimmie Jones
Jimmie Jones

Springfield, Ill.


Men's Basketball (1955)

Inducted: 1972

The native of Springfield made his career as an umpire ... Jones started his umpiring career at Illinois State, umpiring intramural games in his free time ... eventually umpired high profile games, including the NCAA Division II World Series (five times), Big Ten games, Central Illinois Collegiate League games, National Baseball League games and a series between United States and Mexican all-stars ... in 1979, got the call to the Major Leagues, and helped umpire a series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds ... was later listed as one-of 10 available amateur umpires to fill in at home Chicago Cubs games ... was known for keeping a baseball game moving along quickly ... worked more than 200 baseball games per summer as well ... also officiated basketball and football.