Born on Aug. 31, 1943 in Tacoma, Ron Adams began umpiring for the Metropolitan Park Board in the early 1960s and was voted in as a regular in the Western Washington Umpires Association (WWUA) in 1970.
Adams, a graduate of Bellarmine in 1961 and Gonzaga in 1965, broke into the profession by working high school and college baseball, high school and college fastpitch, and all the national slowpitch programs. He worked the following national tournaments: 1976 ASA National Slowpitch Championships in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; 1986 National Modified Fastpitch Championships in Spokane; 1987 USSSA World A Slowpitch Tournament in Salt Lake City. His resumé also includes umpiring in four WIAA Girls 3A State Slowpitch Championships, two WIAA Girls 3A/4A State Fastpitch Championships, and numerous regional tournaments.
Adams served as President of the WWUA in 1981-82, and he served on the WWUA Board of Director for 18 years before taking over as the association's financial secretary in 1992, a position he still holds.
From 1962-65, Adams was a Putt-Putt professional (no kidding!), competing in the $50,000 National Championships in Cleveland in 1963 and winning the $1,000 Tacoma Open in 1965 (on the same day that his fiancé graduated from Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Spokane). They're still married, by the way, 41 years later.