Brown is a icon in the officiating world. He spent 51 years as an umpire, 36 as a football referee and 25 as a basketball official. He was the first state umpire-in-chief and worked as a district umpire-in-chief for the ASA. He was one of the first umpires to be certified for international duty and umpired tournaments and conducted clinics around the world. Brown is a member of the National and district ASA Halls of Fame. He died in 2009 of congestive heart failure at 83. The Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement award is named in honor of Brown.
Rex Brown: A Gentleman and a Respected Umpire
Paradise played for several local softball teams. He won a state title in 1959 and was a multiple time all-tournament selection.
Brown was a longtime sponsor of numerous sports and local fastpitch teams. His teams took second at state in 1973, then in 1991 they won a regional title and took third at Nationals.
Tobacco started playing softball in 1943, then transitioned to a player-manager before ending his career in 1956. He served as district commissioner and was active in merging shipyard and city teams.
Hendricks played baseball for Bremerton High and the Cruisers, then was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946 and spent several years in their organization. He came back in 1951 and played for a few softball teams.
Derflinger, a standout athlete at Bremerton High School, played with a few teams, including the Bremerton Cruisers, before signing with the Seattle Rainiers. Injuries ended his pro career, but he returned to play baseball and softball in the area for another ten years.
Johnstone was a longtime manager for several fastpitch teams. He also coached many Pee Wee teams and was an umpire for girls’ softball, high school baseball and for shipyard league slowpitch.