Keep your Shirts in Top Shape!Jul 16th, 2013
We asked our Facebook Fans what they do to keep their umpire shirts looking good all season long. Here are their tips!
Lenny Fox - Don't keep them in a bag. Hang them up!
Marcus Dolan - I roll mine...
Nick Gonzales - Make sure they're laying flat. Wrinkle release also comes in handy
Van Gadberry - Freshly pressed on the hanger, I can't stand a sloppy umpire, appearance is a big part of being professional......just sayin.
Coug Rogers - Roll them ... like the military. Also buy a can of Downey's Wrinkle Releaser - keep it in your bag.
Mark C. Nemeskal - I have a garment rack that hangs in the rear of my Honda Odyssey from late March thru late September. I hang EVERYTHING there; pants, jackets, pullovers, shirts, and tees.
Greg Zeglen - Hang up bags for local.....space bags for air travel...
Justin Mann - Hang them up. Pants go to the cleaners to be pressed.
Martin Somers - I installed a garment rod in the back seat of my F150 and hang everything there - shirts, jackets, pants. No clothing in the bag.
Thanks to the above umpires for sharing their pointers on keeping their umpire shirts looking sharp.
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About the Author
President Jim Kirk
Jim is a leading expert, educator and author on umpire gear, safety & appearance. After playing baseball at Centre College, he worked as a high school umpire. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and bought Ump-Attire.com in 2006, He eventually led it to the leading umpire gear & attire retailer worldwide, a “Best Places to Work in Louisville” honor in 2020 & 2021 and a National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) Preferred Vendor. He maintained a long-standing relationship with Minor League Baseball Umpire Development & Training Academy for 10 years. He serves as an adviser to UMPS CARE Charities, the charity of MLB umpires, served as a 2-term board of director from 2012-2018, and was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient. A supporter since the inception of the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy, he was named to their Board of Directors in 2020.