Memories of first-rate umpire

March 31, 2014 

Congratulations to the legacy of Fred Renollet Sr., who died on March 18. He lived in East St. Louis.

I knew Fred and his family. His daughter attended Bluff View Park School where I taught and coached.

Fred's family ran and operated the Shell station at Kingshighway and Bunkum Road in Washington Park.

Fred was a first-rate softball and baseball umpire. He worked the big games throughout the country. He also umpired the smaller games in our area. He umpired at a high level.

I saw Fred umpire our East St. Louis Flyers baseball games at Busch Stadium. He umpired many of my softball games at Jones Park where I was East Side girls softball coach.

One interesting story happened at Diamond 2. Alton High School was playing my East St. Louis Flyerettes. It was a close and exciting game. There was a lot of cheering. Near the end of the game Alton's coach went to Fred, the home plate umpire, complaining about a spectator bantering his team. Fred called time out, took off his cap and mask and told the spectator that he would have to stop this or he would ask him to leave. This spectator was Fred's almost identical twin brother, Ted Renollet.

Fred will be missed.

Richard "R.J." Krause

Fairview Heights

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