Umpire – 2009
Delp is entering the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame as a contributor – umpire. Over his more than 20 years of calling balls and strikes, Delp officiated at every level from Little League to junior college. Ernie’s numerous post-season assignments included New Jersey State and South Jersey finals, state all-star games and the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic.
In addition to umpiring, Delp served as a rules interpreter for the state, an instructor for aspiring umpires, taught cadet classes and worked with high school coaches so they have a better understanding of the rules.
Ernie was heavily involved with the Pennsauken Youth Athletic Association where he managed at all levels including Delaware Valley, Babe Ruth, and Garden State Leagues. He established the David Delp Memorial Scholarship in memory of his son. The scholarship is awarded to a Pennsauken High School (PHS) senior baseball player for “dedication, spirit and high academic standards.”
Over the years, Delp and his wife had 9 children, enough for their own baseball team. Delp, now a widower, resides in Pennsauken.