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Harris served as third base umpire in his first double-A minor league game



Daniel Harris
Daniel Harris: Photo used with permission

Vicksburg resident Daniel Harris achieved a well-earned goal last weekend and served as third base umpire for a Double-A baseball game.

The game between the Mississippi Braves and the Montgomery Biscuits is where Harris, who has called games for over twenty years, made his appearance in the professional league.

“They needed a sub for the game so they called me and I accepted, but it was overall a exciting experience,” Harris said. “I was like a child getting a new toy for the first time and it took me until about the third inning to realize how special this thing really was and I just wished my biggest cheerleaders such as my mom, dad, grandparents and sister were there to witness.”

Harris not only calls baseball, but also referees in football games in both high school and the college level.  At times, the games can take a toll on him.

“There’s been plenty of times where I wanted to give it all up, but calling in this game gave me the sign I needed to keep going,” Harris said.

Aside from calling games, Harris is a crime scene investigator for the Vicksburg Police Department. Harris previously served fifteen years in the ninth circuit drug court.

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