Vic Voltaggio – Vineland
Umpire – 1997
Born in Vineland, Nj in 1941, Vic played basketball and baseball at Vineland HS before going on to East Carolina University. After college, he joined the Marines and served in Vietnam and returned to Vineland after his honorable discharge.
A friend and former coach, Tom Appleby, convinced Vic to go into officiating local baseball and other local amateur sports. His passion was for baseball and he joined the local Umpire’s Association. Over the next few years Vic umpired high school, Atlantic County League and Cumberland County College games.
In December of 1972, he resigned from the Vineland Police Department and reported to a Florida Umpiring Training School. After completing the course, Vic received the Ed Doherty Award as the graduate “Most Likely to Reach the Major Leagues”. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Midwest “A” League in 1973, then to the Carolina “A” League in 1974. He was promoted to the “AA” Southern League in 1975, and then to the “AAA” Pacific Coast League in 1976. Finally, he was offered a contract with the American League in March 1977.
Vic retired in January 1997 after 24 years umpiring Major League games. His career highlights included working American League Playoffs in 1981, ‘86, ‘88, and ‘90, the Major League All-Star game in 1983 and ’87 and the World Series in 1989.
Vic has been an active supporter of the Marine Corp League, and, along with his wife, a strong supporter of the Special Olympics.