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August 10, 2011

The Woman Behind the Mask

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Umpire Perry Barber has worked the bases at many major league spring training games, but she hasn't been behind the plate for  regular season match ups. No woman ever has. Perry didn't play or even watch baseball growing up. She was, however, a trivia buff who couldn't stand getting stumped by baseball facts. So she bought some books on the sport, and was immediately captivated. Then Perry tried umpiring and got hooked on that as well. Perry talks to Dick Gordon about the challenges she faces as a female umpire, and the satisfaction she gets from making the tough calls.

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