|Thursday, January 17, 2013|
Bud Metheny Award Will Go to Clyde 'Ducky' Davis at Baseball Banquet
Clyde "Ducky" Davis, who has been active in baseball as both an umpire and scout for more than 40 years in Hampton Roads, has been named the 36th recipient of the Bud Metheny Award, which will be presented at the annual GTI Systems "Meet the Stars" Baseball Banquet at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel on Friday, Jan. 25.
"This is quite a humbling honor for me to win this award named for Bud Metheny," said Davis. "He was the first Major Leaguer I ever met when he taught my sister's fifth grade grammar school class in South Norfolk. Bud left a big impression on me. He was always a gentlemen both on and off the field and one of the greatest people I ever met."
Davis currently serves as an associate scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and is on the board of directors of the Middle Atlantic Major League Baseball Scouts Association as treasurer.
Prior to joining the Dodgers organization, Davis served as an associate scout for the Florida Marlins for 10 years, and as an associate scout for the Montreal Expos, the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. In 2004, Davis received the Middle Atlantic Major League Baseball Scouts Association Scout of the Year award.
Over the past 41 years, Davis has umpired eight high school state championships, five Thoroughbred World Series games, six regional tournaments and three national tournaments, and has served as deputy umpire-in-chief for 14 years with the ASA.
He umpired in eight collegiate conferences, including the Dixie, ODAC, CAA, Metro, CIAA, MEAC, Sun Belt and ECAA. Through the years, Davis has umpired in four NCAA Division III regional tournaments and two Sun Belt tournaments, as well as the CIAA and Commonwealth Coast Conference tournaments. Internationally, Davis umpired such contests as USA against South Korea, Chinese Taipei and Cuba.
His impressive baseball and softball umpiring resume also includes stints as an alternate in both the Carolina and International Leagues.
Davis was elected to the Tidewater Virginia ASA Hall of Fame as an umpire in 1990 and the National Indicator Fraternity in 1991. He was elected as a Lifetime Member of ASA of America in 2000.
Davis served as president for five years of the Eastern Virginia Officials Association, is a lifetime member of the Eastern Virginia Officials Association and was elected to the Eastern Virginia Officials Association Hall of Fame in 2002. He has been elected into several Hall of Fames: Oscar Smith High School (class of 1958), Tidewater Virginia ASA Hall of Fame as an umpire (1990) and the Eastern Virginia Officials Association Hall of Fame (2002). He lives in Norfolk.
Individual tickets for the Jan. 25 banquet are $65, with a special rate for groups or teams at $45 each (20-plus tickets), and can be purchased by calling 683-6964. Table sponsorships, which include amenities such as VIP reception with the headliner, autographed baseballs and more, are available as well.