Lest we forget: Bob Motley

September 16, 2017

Image result for brian motley, negro leaguesBob Motley, the last surviving Negro Leagues umpire, passed away Thursday at the age of 94.

I had posted about Motley when he turned 91. He was the author of Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants, and Stars: True Tales of Breaking Barriers, Umpiring Baseball Legends, and Wild Adventures in the Negro Leagues, which he co-wrote with his son, Byron.

Byron Motley posted the following on Facebook. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind my sharing it here.

It is with a sad yet grateful heart that I tell you that my living legend of a father, my hero and best friend, Bob Motley passed away peacefully yesterday at age 94! A long and fruitful life! We could all use lessons from his life as he lived his with a whole lot of love, grace, dignity, passion and humor! He will be deeply missed, but I’m forever grateful for the countless and amazing memories we shared in this journey of life. As he loved to always say, “we are well blessed”! And that we are and forever will be…. rest well daddy……..

A few articles of tribute for the late Bob Motley:

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