Ron Reed always knew that he wanted to be close to the world of sports. He also knew that he was not likely to achieve that goal as an athlete. The Akron Springfield graduate participated in football, basketball and baseball for the Spartans but as graduation neared in the spring of 1960 he realized his playing days were probably numbered. It was then that he made a decision that would positively affect the rest of his adult life. He decided to become an umpire and a referee.
Over the next 50 years he established himself as one of the most recognized and respected officials in the Greater Akron Area and the State of Ohio. Along the way he developed friendships and relationships with players, coaches and other officials that remain strong to this day.
Perhaps best known for his baseball umpiring career, which started at the “H” League Level, Reed has been on the field for more than 1400 high school games and more than 500 games at the collegiate level. He was selected to umpire the OHSAA State Baseball Finals 21 times, the Stan Musial World Series five times, the Roy Hobbs World Series four times and the Connie Mack World Series. In addition, Reed umpired for 19 seasons (450+ games) in the Akron AA League including seven league All-Star contests to go along with four Roy Hobbs All-Star and World Series events.
At the collegiate level he worked NCAA games in the Mid-American Conference, Ohio Valley Conference and Ohio Athletic Conference and NAIA games in the M.O.C. He was selected to serve as a substitute umpire in the Eastern League (AA) during the 1989 season and counts among his memorable moments a game behind the plate with former Cleveland Indians star Bartolo Colon on the mound and Einar Diaz behind the plate.
Reed has been an instructor in the Akron Umpire School for 46 years and is enshrined in the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame (2013), Summit Umpires Hall of Fame (2006), The OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame (2006) and the All-American Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame (2008). He was honored as the NFHS Ohio Official of the Year (2002).
In addition to his baseball umpiring career, Reed served as a football official for 32 years and as a basketball referee for 22 seasons. Retired from National Standard, he and his wife Sandra are the parents of three daughters (Leslie, Denise and Valerie) and reside in Mogadore.