George Ulmer, 72

Nunzio's picture

Hadn't seen anything written on here yet about Flatiron's George Ulmer, who passed away last Saturday. Many considered him the best softball pitcher in the world. I never saw him pitch, but my dad told me stories. Other family members knew him well.

Anyone have any stories they'd like to share?

http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/20732114.html

AJThomson's picture

My dad had the opportunity

My dad had the opportunity to play with George and Flatiron. He called George the best, which is no feint praise. George is a true neighborhood legend.

marm's picture

He son and grandson take

He son and grandson take after him in baseball. They are very good. I knowthe family very well and I am sorry to hear about george, he will be missed by all.

Nunzio's picture

marm wrote:He son and

marm wrote:

He son and grandson take after him in baseball. They are very good.

I agree. I played against his son Harry, who I think still lives around here. You couldn't hit anything on a fly to about 85% of the outfield at Cione, because Harry would catch it.

Matt Brannon's picture

Written a little while

Written a little while ago:

http://www.spiritnewspapers.com/2008/05/news/george-ulmer-flatirons-finest/

Just happens to be where the Daily News stole...er, researched... the information for its obituary.

George was a great guy, and even though he was really sick while doing the interview he was just so excited about it. Everyone I spoke to while writing that article had tons of stories about him, and the response after it was published was wonderful. His family are also extremely friendly, nice folks. Rest in peace, George.

Ftown66's picture

I have seen him play as a

I have seen him play as a kid. He was amazing. I know some older guys who never lived in philly from the suburbs who played softball elseware and they too know of him. He was legendary all over the state.

PattiMey's picture

I feel privileged to have

I feel privileged to have seen Georgie Elmer pitch . He was the best softball pitcher around. People came from all over the east coast to watch a game when Georgie was pitching. he put FLATIRON on the map.He was a gentleman and a fine example of how to be competitive and still be a good sportsman. Thanks dad for taking me to the games.

george's picture

Matt Brannon wrote:Written a

Matt Brannon wrote:

Written a little while ago:

http://www.spiritnewspapers.com/2008/05/news/george-ulmer-flatirons-finest/

Really enjoyed reading that story when it came out, Matt. It was obvious that he was very ill at the time and it's a credit to you that you were able to honor him before he passed.

Matt Brannon's picture

George wrote: Really enjoyed

George wrote:

Really enjoyed reading that story when it came out, Matt. It was obvious that he was very ill at the time and it's a credit to you that you were able to honor him before he passed.

Thanks George, I'm just glad I had the chance to tell it before he passed, I was in awe at what an amazing life and career he had.

ebreezy's picture

yes, they were from sergeant

yes, they were from sergeant street i believe , back in the 50's and the 60's. i remember the family. there was an article not too long ago in the star paper about him, he was retired and living in florida with his wife. nice article.

Matt Brannon's picture

ebreezy wrote:there was an

ebreezy wrote:

there was an article not too long ago in the star paper about him, ...nice article.

Can't...take it...anymore...

The Spirit. The Star. Two papers. Two very different papers. Not only was this article in The Spirit, I linked to it in this very thread.

ebreezy's picture

sorry matt, yes it was a

sorry matt, yes it was a nice article in the spirit, it was nice that you could honor him before he passed . in the SPIRIT not the star! thank you

Matt Brannon's picture

ebreezy wrote:sorry matt,

ebreezy wrote:

sorry matt, yes it was a nice article in the spirit, it was nice that you could honor him before he passed . in the SPIRIT not the star! thank you

I feel a little better now =)

tudor's picture

I'm sorry I missed him.

I'm sorry I missed him.

ebreezy's picture

glad you feel better matt.

glad you feel better matt. have a great day

dan's picture

There's a different between

There's a different between the Spirit and the Star?

(ducks and covers)

Matt Brannon's picture

dan wrote:There's a

dan wrote:

There's a different between the Spirit and the Star?

Ouch.

dan's picture

Matt Brannon wrote:dan

Matt Brannon wrote:
dan wrote:

There's a different between the Spirit and the Star?

Ouch.

As I said in another thread...
I know the difference, honest!

pmcmanis1's picture

His wife was friends with my

His wife was friends with my mom. Great lady. She helped mym om out of a serious jam in the middle of the night once. Wish I had seen the obit in the paper.