WWUA Veteran Spotlight: Sergeant First Class Joe Aylsworth

Jan 20th, 2020
Sergeant First Class Joe Aylsworth was involved in a helicopter crash in 1997 which resulted in a severe spinal stenosis. Continuing to serve in the Army and mask his pain, he finally received surgery 10 years later in 2017.

Joe Aylsworth in Army Uniform
Joe attended WWUA in 2018 and again in 2019. He is still Active Duty in the Army and deploying in the fall of 2020.

Joe Aylsworth in Umpire Uniform

In between pre-deployment training workups, he has worked as a baseball umpire at the youth level in Kansas, Minnesota and at WWUA events in Charleston, Charlotte and Farmington! Joe is expected to be promoted to First Sergeant before he deploys and was recently voted on to the board of the WWUA!

Joe Aylsworth Umpiring Behind Plate
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Pro School Umpire Graduate Josh Mann

A native of Chicago, Josh graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Economy & Industry and Sports Management. He attended the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy and Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School, umpired in the Frontier Professional Baseball League, and worked in the Chicago Cubs Organization. Josh enjoys baseball, hockey, golf and spending time with his dog Wrigley. He spent 4 years as Ump-Attire.com’s marketing assistant and recently relocated to Arizona.


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