April 25, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 70 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
HONORING MR. PHIL ``HAMBONE'' HAMILTON; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 70
(Extensions of Remarks - April 25, 2017)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E524] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING MR. PHIL ``HAMBONE'' HAMILTON ______ HON. PETER J. VISCLOSKY of indiana in the house of representatives Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Mr. VISCLOSKY. Mr. Speaker, it is my honor and privilege to stand before you and my fellow colleagues today to recognize Mr. Phil ``Hambone'' Hamilton, as he celebrates the 50th Anniversary of his baseball and softball umpiring career. For his lifetime of devotion to the youth in the community of Northwest Indiana and beyond, through the sports of baseball and softball, Phil Hamilton is to be commended. Phil's love for umpiring began when he became a baseball team manager while attending Lew Wallace High School in Gary, Indiana. He was given the opportunity to umpire at a practice game, and from that day forward, Phil discovered his passion and skill for officiating. After high school, while working at U.S. Steel, Phil began umpiring for the Gary Little League, Gary Babe Ruth League, the National Softball Association, the Amateur Softball Association, and high school games throughout Northwest Indiana. Upon retiring from U.S. Steel, after thirty-six years of service, he began officiating full-time. As an umpire, he has called many games featuring future major league baseball players LaTroy Hawkins, Kenny Lofton, Lloyd McClendon and Ron Kittle, to name a few. Players and coaches alike have observed Phil's enjoyment, pride, and passion for officiating. Consequently, he is highly respected for his dedication, knowledge, and the fairness he brings to the game. In addition to umpiring, Phil volunteered at the College Football Hall of Fame at its previous location in South Bend, Indiana, where he enjoyed greeting visitors and assisting with assembling exhibits and displays. An avid sports enthusiast, Phil is a devoted fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks and spends the offseason rooting for and attending Notre Dame football games. I must also add that I have known this wonderful gentleman since we started first grade together at Saint Mark's Grade School in Gary, Indiana. I have been blessed by his friendship my entire life and consider him a most generous soul who has served the youth of our state his entire life. His is a life we should all seek to emulate. Mr. Speaker, I ask you and all of our fellow colleagues to join me in commending Phil ``Hambone'' Hamilton for his 50 dedicated years of serving the youth of his community. I applaud his distinguished officiating career and passion for the game, and I am pleased to honor him today. ____________________