The college baseball series this weekend between No. 14 Virginia and North Carolina will make history.
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the games would be administered by an all-Black umpire crew, marking the first time this milestone has been achieved at a Power Five conference.
Linus Baker, Damien Beal, Greg Street and Randy Watkins, all longtime ACC umpires, will work the three-game series that runs from Thursday to Saturday at North Carolina's Boshamer Stadium. The finale comes one day before the end of Black History Month.
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An overall view of the field at Boshamer Stadium. in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (Photo: Bob Donnan, USA TODAY Sports)
“These guys are ACC umpires, veteran guys that have been umpiring a long time and they deserve this opportunity to be a part of history," ACC supervisor of umpires Troy Fullwood said in a statement. "Hopefully we’ll get to the point where this is not a first, but this is the norm.”
The NFL selected an all-Black referee crew for the first time this past season when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams played in November.
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