Jul 26 2013

In Memoriam -- Great Friend - Brother Umpire

Jim McNally

Jim McNally, CBUANE member passed away on Thursday, July 25.

Calling hours will be on Wednesday 4-8 pm.

Service on Thursday morning at 10 am

Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home
154 Route 6A
Sandwich, MA 02563

Man dies after fall from roof in Sandwich



July 25, 2013 11:04 PM

EAST SANDWICH – A Cape Cod Baseball League deputy commissioner and former umpire died after falling at least 35 feet from a roof Thursday morning, friends confirmed later that night.

Jim McNally, owner of James J. McNally Roofing and Siding of Sandwich, was 61.

“It's a real shock,” said John Garner, director of public relations and broadcasting for the league. “A tough thing to hear.”

Rescue crews responded to Sleepy Hollow Lane at 11:51 a.m. for a report that a man had fallen from a roof, said Fire Department Capt. Scott Ames.

The initial call, from the man's son, reported that he fell about 25 feet, Ames said. When first responders arrived, it was determined the fall was between 35 and 40 feet, he added.

A MedFlight helicopter was requested to land at a weigh station in West Barnstable on Route 6 while the Fire Department was en route, Ames said.
But the helicopter was delayed, and the man – identified by friends as McNally – took a turn for the worse, Ames said.

He instead was taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where he later died, Ames said.
Calling him a great umpire and a great man, Garner said McNally's death was “a sad day for the Cape League family.”

Working with him for years, Sol Yaz, the league's director of officiating and senior deputy commissioner, was devastated after hearing the news.

“I can't believe it happened,” he said.

The two worked very closely, speaking almost daily about all things officiating, Yaz said.

“He dove into this,” he said of McNally becoming deputy commissioner this year. “I couldn't ask for a better guy to work with.”

A friend more than an associate, Yaz said McNally was as sincere about officiating as he was in his personal relationships.

“I just can't get over it. I'm going to miss him terribly.”

In an interview with the Times in 2008, McNally said he moved to the Cape in 1984 and built a house here.

He attended Major League Baseball Umpiring School in Daytona Beach, Fla., when he was about 18, and began officiating Cape League games in 1997.

“Every time I go on the field, I feel like I have to perform my best. If these guys are putting their best foot forward, then I have to put my best foot forward,” McNally told the Times.

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The Joe Driscoll Foundation has been established in memory of longtime CBUA Member & Past President and 3-time College World Series Umpire Joe Driscoll.

In 2007,  Joe died of a massive heart attack as he was preparing to leave for his game at Tufts University.

Joe was truly a legend in college baseball umpiring. His generosity and willingness to give back to the game he loved guided us to establish The Joe Driscoll Foundation in his memory.

Each year, the Joe Driscoll Foundation awards $2000 scholarships to students who are related to a member of our association.