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Vic Voltaggio - Vineland NJ
Umpire - 1997
Born in Vineland, New Jersey in 1941, Vic played baseball and basketball at Vineland High School before going onto East Carolina University. After college he joined the U.S. Marines and served in Vietnam. Upon his discharge, Vic returned to the Vineland area.
A friend and former coach, Tom Abbleby, convinced him to go into the officiating of local baseball and other amateur sports. Vic's real passion, however, was baseball, so he joined the local Umpiring Association. The next few years saw Voltaggio umpire high school, Atlantic County Baseball League, and Curnberland County College games.
In December of 1972, he resigned his Vineland Police Department job and reported to a Florida Umpiring School. After completing the course, Vic received the Ed Doherty Award representing the umpire 'Most Likely To Get To The Major Leagues'.
Upon graduation from umpire school, he was assigned to the Midwest 'A' League in 1973, then to the Carolina 'A' League in 1974, next to the Southern 'AA' League in 1975, then onto the Pacific Coast 'AAA' League in 1976, and finally in March of 1977 was offered a Major League contract with the American League.
Vic retired in January, 1997 after completing 24 years of umpiring in the big leagues. His career highlights included working the American League playoffs 1981, 85, 88 and 90, Major League All Star Game 1983 & 1987, and the Major League World Series 1989.
Off the diamond, Voltaggio is an active supporter of the Marine Corps League. Along with his wife Jan, Vic has also been a strong supporter of the Special Olympics, and their son, Bob, has proven himself to be an outstanding athlete in those Olympic Games.