High School Umpire Ejects Entire Crowd

January 31, 2024   | January 31, 2024  | 

    We’ve all come across someone who got carried away with a little bit of power.

    Giving someone the authority to eject others can sometimes lead them to go overboard, similar to the case of Iowa high school baseball umpire Don Briggs.

    Briggs was an umpire during a game between Winfield-Mount Union and West Burlington and it was where Don took the massive action of ejecting the entire crowd of over 100 people in all. It was literally the most unusual decision the umpire had ever made.

    The incident took place when Scott McCarty, the Winfield-Mount Union coach came out to argue a call. Briggs later claimed that the crowd became unruly, although managers disputed this point. Soon, Don decided to eject the entire crowd, even requesting police assistance to get everyone out.

    The game was stopped for 40 minutes as people gradually departed. Interestingly, many of them merely moved 30 feet away from the school boundary. You sure did show them, Don.

    “I know it sounds like I’m the bad guy — but it was the crowd,” Briggs said. “If I got the control to ask one person to leave, I feel like I can ask them all to leave.”

    In the end, James Sleister, the school superintendent came to the scene and convinced Briggs that his decision was pretty ridiculous. Later on, the game resumed, but with some conditions; nobody in attendance could say anything negative, as a result, they would be ejected. Freedom of speech does not extend to Iowa baseball games.

    Despite that, the resumed game was full of excitement. Winfield-Mount Union choked away an 11-3 lead in the 5th inning, only to lose 12-11 as West Burlington stole home in the 7th and final inning.

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