Author John Bacchia is a writer/ producer and a two-time winner of the National Sports Emmy Award. Bacchia has contributed to scores of sports programs and documentaries as a writer/producer and also as a video editor. This biography of Major League Umpire Augie Donatelli is based on hours of exclusive original audio interviews conducted by Bacchia with Donatelli in the 1980s.
"Now along comes John Bacchia to enlighten us about Augie Donatelli and enrich us
with stories of a man who was a World War II hero involved in eighteen missions as
a B-17 tail gunner, spent fifteen months as a German prisoner-of-war where he
began umpiring softball games, fled the Pennsylvania coal mines to pursue a career as
an umpire, was promoted in his new career by no less a legendary figure than
Branch Rickey, was behind the plate for four no-hitters and such historic games
as Stan Musial's 3000th hit and Willie Mays's four home runs against the Milwaukee
Braves, and was at the forefront and instrumental in the creation of the first umpires'
union, the Major League Umpires Association, in 1964."
- Phil Pepe, author of 50 books on baseball, including
The Wit and Wisdom of Yogi Berra
The phantom tag in the '73 World Series
Augie Donatelli inducted into a Pennsylvania Military Hall of Fame in 2015
Interview with the Author: "AUGIE"
© Original artwork by Patrick Donatelli.