2003 Hall of Fame Inductees UMPIRE
Hal Berndt

He may have been the fastest umpire ever to don the blue in Tacoma and Pierce County. As a Lincoln High track star he was the high point man in both the 1936 and 37 state championships and his 100 yard dash record held for 25 years. A centerfielder in baseball, he could truly go gettum. He played football at Lincoln and both sports at Central Washington University. He taught and was an administrator for the Tacoma Public Schools for 27 years and returned to Lincoln as its principal, after winning the Abe's coveted Richard Graff Memorial Award in 1938. His city league record for the 100 lasted 33 years. A second Lt. in the Marines, Hal died in 1973 from a chronic war disability. He umpired for many years in local baseball and softball leagues and received many honors and top assignments in that role.