We are continuing on this week with our series on Durwood Merrill. Durwood was an American League umpire who grew up in Cowden, and still has many family members here in Washita County. In 1971, Durwood was tired of his football coaching career. He had wondered for quite a while if he had what it took to become a major league baseball umpire. While watching a ball game on TV late in the fall of that year, the name and address of an umpiring school came on the TV. Durwood sent off his resume, not really expecting much to come of it.
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