Sasse was a 32-year umpire veteran – seven years in the semi-professional Penn Del League and 25 years as a member of the Camden County chapter of the NJBUA, umpiring junior college and high school games including Region 19 junior college tournaments and dozens of New Jersey state playoff games. He has hundreds of games to his credit umpiring in the Tri-County, Garden State, American Legion and Delaware Valley Leagues.
In addition to his on the field work, Gene spent 15 years as the South Jersey high school baseball rules interpreter and instructor of the second year high school federation baseball class with a 98 percent graduation and certification rate.
Sasse is a graduate of the U.S. Army Communication School and North (Philadelphia) Catholic High School where he played four years of varsity baseball. He was also a 20-year member of the Philadelphia Hot Stover’s (catcher). For many years, while living in Philadelphia, he managed the 19-year-old Somerdale Boys Club team leading them to the Philadelphia City Championship in 1965.
Gene and his wife Nancy have two children, and make their home in Ocean City, NJ.