Jerry Woods

While stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army in 1977, Jerry Woods got his start in officiating baseball, football and basketball games. Calling balls and strikes and working as an official in Army contests can be a tough job, but Woods was up to the task.

Woods is a native of Tyler, Texas, where he was born on Sept. 11, 1936. He graduated from Emmett Scott High School in 1955 and joined the Army, serving our country for 27 years until his retirement in 1983. While in the Army, he played basketball and baseball from 1960-73.

Woods was fortunate enough to umpire in five Babe Ruth World Series 1992 in Vallejo, Calif., 1993 in Ewing Township, N.J., 1994 in Pine Bluff Ark., 1995 in Trail, British Columbia, and 1997 in Longview, Wash.

He was inducted into the Washington High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2001 and into the Southern Washington Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.

Woods works for the Civil Service as a tractor operator supervisor at Ft. Lewis and lives in Tacoma.