“My condolences to Frank's family. I served with Frank in the Air Force in Alaska in 1956. He was a radio operator on our B-29's and flew many Radar evaluation missions along the Russian border. He loved baseball and played shortstop on our unit team, of which I was the couch. I didn't know that he had become an umpire until a few years back, when I heard an announcer identify him as the first base couch and took a closer look. When I saw the way he stood, I immediately knew that it was...
“For some reason I thought about Frank Pulli today talking about baseball umpires. Never had the pleasure of meeting him, but always enjoyed watching him umpire the plate. Loved those punch-outs. Sorry to read that he passed away some time ago, will always be one of my favorites even though I live in a American League city. Rest in peace Sir, condolenses to his family, sorry so late.
“I met Frank in San Francisco in 1977, and I remember so well his kindness and generosity. I introduced him to my parents, who lived near Chicago and were great Cubs fans. Frank invited them to call him whenever he was in town to work, and he'd arrange for passes for them to see a game at Wrigley Field. They took him up on the offer several times, often sharing a meal after the game. They were so proud they knew him, and he was a charming, entertaining dinner guest.
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“This main had a heart of gold. One of my long time customers at Tampa Bay Downs. What a legend and a man. My heart goes out to his family. Always in my heart. He did a lot for me.
“I met frank in 1972 when he was a minor league umpire.He was a man on a mission to make it to the big leagues.He was called up that year.Frank and Big John Mcsherry together again. My sympathy to his family. He left a lasting impression on those who had the pleasure of crossing his path. God Bless
“Dear Pulli Family,
I just found out about Frank's passing. He was a great man and a good friend. He was the first umpire to wear the chest protector I designed when I worked for Riddell while living in Houston, TX. Every time his crew came to town to do the Astros games we would always go to lunch or dinner. When I would ask him what he felt like eating, I always got the same answer... Italian. Eventually I quit asking.
“My father was living in Florida and up visiting me at my home in Ithaca, N.Y. My father was a cook and a boxer in the Navy when he served. We were watching my team the New York Mets play on t.v. And Frank Puli was behind the plate doing his thing punching out strikes with the style of a boxer. I always loved games which he was behind the plate because he always made me think of my father. So as we were watching the game together I turned to my dad and told him how watching Frank call a...
Mr. Pulli was a friend to my father, Judge Alfred Williams in Northampton County. Dad would take my children, his grandchildren , to Phillies games when Mr. Pulli was the umpire. He would always greet them and would most often produce a player signed game ball. My children will never forget his thoughtfulness. God Bless Him.