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The board of directors for the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame announces Tallmadge resident Rick Quintrell will be one of 17 honorees inducted into the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014.
The 2014 induction ceremony will take place at the Stow Youth Baseball Hall July 20 at 5 p.m. For reservations and ticket information, call 330-603-8752 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quintrell's baseball career began as a catcher at Tallmadge High School. It continues to this day as a national-level umpire in adult baseball competition.
The Tallmadge resident has spent decades around home plate as a player and umpire.
It started for Quintrell in the Tallmadge Little League program and progressed through the Greater Akron Baseball Federation, where he played for Newman Construction.
Quintrell posted a .338 batting average his senior season and was an All-Metro League honoree.
He played in the Akron AA League with Akron Omnicor and Crocker's Restaurant from 1984 through 1991 and was on two championship teams.
Quintrell then played in the Roy Hobbs over-30 league, playing with the Akron Blues from 1992 through 1996 and 2000. He won league titles with the Blues in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 2000.
Quintrell started his umpiring career in 1994 while still an active player. He became certified as a Class 1 umpire and began umpiring high school state tournament games.
During his career, Quintrell has umpired eight City Series title games, along with 12 district games and eight regional games. He umpired Ohio High School Athletic Association state final games in Columbus in 2001, 2011 and 2013.
Quintrell also has umpired many championship games at various levels, including the Roy Hobbs World Series in Fort Myers, Fla. He was the umpire-in-chief at the 2007 national championship event.
Quintrell is a member of Summit Umpires Association and works as an instructor at umpiring clinics.
"Rick's athletic skills and knowledge of the game are appreciated by many in the Akron baseball community," said Carl Rakich, GABHoF induction chairman.