About Mike Walsh
Michael Gerald Walsh passed away on Thursday September 21, 2006 at only 52 years of age. That day the officiating community lost a premiere official, trusted mentor, and dear friend to everyone who came in contact with Mike.
Mike spent 28 years as a classroom teacher at Carmel and Creekside middle school’s, in Carmel, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana State University and earned his Master’s degree from Indiana University. In addition to umpiring baseball, Mike also officiated basketball, football and softball. He coached middle school basketball, and many of his children’s baseball and basketball teams.
Mike’s officiating career spanned more than 30 years; but his true passion was always baseball. A few of his career umpiring highlights include the 1983 Women’s Division 1 Softball World Series, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Boys Baseball State Finals in 2004, and the NCAA Division III Baseball World Series in 2006. Mike began as a self taught umpire, like many umpires who made their start in the 1970’s. He quickly joined forces with Lenny Brickens and the Indianapolis Umpire’s Association and spent the next 30 years recruiting, training, and promoting umpires throughout the state of Indiana. He served as a clinician for the IHSAA’s baseball rules interpretation meetings, assisted with many local clinics and assigned umpires to local baseball games. Mike also headed up the Junior Indianapolis Umpire’s Association (J‐IUA), a subsidiary group of the IUA that tailored to the beginner umpire. Mike was in charge of the development, education, and assigning of these beginner umpires to games with players ages 12‐16 year’s old.
More than 10 years ago Mike was first diagnosed with melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. He aggressively fought the cancer and soon found himself in remission. Mike continued with occasional screenings and checkups to assure he remained cancer‐free. At the beginning of 2006 Mike again noticed a lump in his armpit. At first he thought little of what he had discovered. Like many others, he thought that the cancer he had fought off a decade ago never would have returned. Later in the spring, after another checkup, Mike was notified by his doctor’s that his cancer had returned; and this time it had progressed throughout his entire body. Unfortunately, this time his cancer was so advanced the treatment’s available would offer no remedy. Mike didn’t give up. He continued to try cutting edge treatments and clinical trials until the very end.
Mike is remembered by his family and friends. He left behind his wife Diane of twenty years, and his three sons Christopher, Patrick, and Thomas. In September 2007, the Carmel Clay School’s dedicated “Walsh’s Way,” a landscaped seating area overlooking the Creekside Middle School football field. They continue to hold fundraiser’s like, “Put a Lid on Cancer Day” in which student’s and faculty can wear a hat during the school day following a donation to the Michael Walsh Children’s Education Fund. Proceeds generated by he first two Walsh Umpire Clinics have raised more than $8500 for this same Educational Fund. Proceeds from this year will benefit similar charities.