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National Umpires Association selected to work the 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic Sunday August 14th, 2011 from Petco Park in San Diego, California

The game was televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network

Umpires selected to work:

Jim Stros - Plate; Mitch Schwark - 1B; Gary Maxwell - 2B; James Gorden - 3B



Umpire Bio's are listed below.

Jim Stros- Woodstock, Georgia: Home Plate

Jim Stros, originally from Detroit, Michigan. Jim is a 1990 graduate of Michigan State University. At Michigan State, Jim was a relief pitcher from 1987-1990. He currently holds three single season Big Ten appearance records as one of the all-time leaders in career appearances at Michigan State. After graduation, Jim had the opportunity to pursue baseball professionally for three seasons in the spring of 91-93, then found another love for the game after becoming an umpire 20 years ago. 20 For the past 20 years Jim has umpired at all levels working several Perfect Game National Championship games over the years. In 1993, at the Major League Umpires International Camp, professional umpires Mike Reilly, Joe Brinkman, Paul Nauert and Gerry Davis selected Jim as the #1 umpire in his class. Jim was also voted Most Outstanding Umpire in his class at the 1993 NCAA Southern Umpires School. Jim went on to umpire four full NCAA college seasons before becoming the director full time for National Umpires Association. Most recently Jim was selected to work the plate at the 2008 Aflac All-American High School Baseball Game played in Dodger stadium and 1B at the 2009 Aflac game played at Petco Park- Both were televised on the Fox Sports Network. Jim will be working his fourth All-American game.

James Gorden- Carrollton, Georgia: Third Base

James Gorden, is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and currently resides in Carrollton, Georgia. James brings close to 40 years of umpire experience as the President of NUA. He is one of the top umpires in the country having worked at every level including 4 years professionally. After a solid professional career, James has umpired with the NCAA for more than 25 years working in several top Division l and ll conferences. James umpired several regional and super regional series over the years and was selected to umpire a Division II National Championship as well as several WWBA Perfect Game Championships. At the High School level, James has worked more than 14 State Championships. In the spring of 2008, James was elected by GHSA for the GHSA state evaluation team. James will be working his third All-American game.

Gary Maxwell - Kingsport, Tennessee: Second Base

Gary Maxwell brings more than 30 years of umpire experience to Aflac. A graduate of Alabama A&M University, where he was a four year starter for the Bulldogs. Gary played two seasons of professional baseball. To continue his love for baseball, he attended umpire school and graduated near the top of his class. He umpires at the high school and college level. He works as a fill in umpire in the short-season Appalachian League. Gary has worked several Perfect Game USA national championships, college and high school championships over the years. Gary was selected to work home plate at the 2009 Aflac game also played at Petco Park. Gary will be working his third All-American game.

Mitch Schwark - Lawrenceville, Georgia: First Base

Originally from Three Oaks, Michigan, Mitch brings over 25 years of umpiring experience to NUA. In 1990, he graduated from the Harry Wendelstedt Professional Umpiring School. Following graduation, he began umpiring professionally. In 1991, he worked a Championship Series in the Gulf Coast League (Rookie League), and then in 1992, umpiring in the South Atlantic League (Class A), also working the Championship Series.

In 1993, while working in the Carolina League (Class A) he was voted Best Umpire Prospect by the Carolina League Managers which was published in Baseball America, and was selected to work the Carolina League All Star Game. In 1994, 1995, and 1996, he was assigned to the Eastern League (Class AA), working the Championship Series there along with working three Championship Series in the Venezuelan Winter League. He also was an instructor for Major League Baseball International Umpire Camps along side John McSherry. In 1997, Mitch was assigned to the American Association (Class AAA). During this time, he worked 10 Major League Spring Training games. Mitch will be working his first All-American Game.