Across America next week, 52 men in a wide variety of jobs

Across America next week, 52 men in a wide variety of jobs will be mailed pay checks for $102.

Few, if any, of those cwill be mailed pay checks for $102.

Few, if any, of those checks will be cashed.

"I'm going to frame that check and hahecks will be cashed.

"I'm going to frame that check and hang it on my den wall," said Bob Roesner, a Baltimore driver'ng it on my den wall," said Bob Roesner, a Baltimore driver's education teacher. "That's my proof that for one day I was education teacher. "That's my proof that for one day I was an umpire in the major leagues."

The major league basebals an umpire in the major leagues."

The major league baseball umpires who called a strike Friday, then took a walk, retul umpires who called a strike Friday, then took a walk, returned to work yesterday.

An arbiter with more clout then anyrned to work yesterday.

An arbiter with more clout then any ump -- a Philadelphia federal court judge -- issued an inju ump -- a Philadelphia federal court judge -- issued an injunction temporarily halting the one-day walkout, pending a Wenction temporarily halting the one-day walkout, pending a Wednesday hearing.

The second umpires strike in big league hidnesday hearing.

The second umpires strike in big league history, both of which so far have lasted one day, left behindstory, both of which so far have lasted one day, left behind emotions ranging from delight to bitterness.

"We violently emotions ranging from delight to bitterness.

"We violently disagree with the court's decision," said Richard Phillips, disagree with the court's decision," said Richard Phillips, umpires' union attorney, referring to the temporary restrai umpires' union attorney, referring to the temporary restraining order against the strike issued Friday by Judge Joseph ning order against the strike issued Friday by Judge Joseph L. McGlynn Jr.

"However, I advised the umpires to return toL. McGlynn Jr.

"However, I advised the umpires to return to work out of respect for the judicial system, not out of res work out of respect for the judicial system, not out of respect for the order."

Phillips has filed an unfair labor prapect for the order."

Phillips has filed an unfair labor practices charge with the National Labor Relations Board and chctices charge with the National Labor Relations Board and charged that the McGlynn injunction violates antitrust legislaarged that the McGlynn injunction violates antitrust legislation.

"The commissioner of baseball has questioned our intetion.

"The commissioner of baseball has questioned our integrity," said Bob Engel, president of the umpires' union.

"Tgrity," said Bob Engel, president of the umpires' union.

"The presidents of the leagues have let us know that they thinhe presidents of the leagues have let us know that they think with our lack of education we're lucky to have the jobs wek with our lack of education we're lucky to have the jobs we have and be making the money we're making.

"Umpires are co have and be making the money we're making.

"Umpires are considered the bottom of the heap, like a necessary evil," sainsidered the bottom of the heap, like a necessary evil," said the angry Engel. "Does a breakdown of integrity start at d the angry Engel. "Does a breakdown of integrity start at the bottom?"

The typical labor hassle name-calling should cthe bottom?"

The typical labor hassle name-calling should continue at least until the Wednesday hearing.

If the strikeontinue at least until the Wednesday hearing.

If the strike can't be settled in 10 days, both league presidents, who fe can't be settled in 10 days, both league presidents, who feel they have a binding contract through 1981 with the umpireel they have a binding contract through 1981 with the umpires, have agreed to meet with the association in arbitration. s, have agreed to meet with the association in arbitration.

Phillips says he does not believe the matter can be settled

Phillips says he does not believe the matter can be settled by arbitration.

At the base of the dispute is that symboli by arbitration.

At the base of the dispute is that symbolic check for $102 -- one game's pay for a rookie umpire who ec check for $102 -- one game's pay for a rookie umpire who earns $16,500 for 162-game season.

The umpires' current contarns $16,500 for 162-game season.

The umpires' current contract, which includes a no-strike clause, provides for a maxiract, which includes a no-strike clause, provides for a maximum salary of $42,000, with the average umpire's pay believemum salary of $42,000, with the average umpire's pay believed to be close to $30,000.

However, most big league umpires d to be close to $30,000.

However, most big league umpires work an extremely long and insecure apprenticeship to reach work an extremely long and insecure apprenticeship to reach that major league minimum. Only a handful have reached the that major league minimum. Only a handful have reached the majors before the age of 20, or with less than 10 years expemajors before the age of 20, or with less than 10 years experience.

Baseball wants the best men possible for its hardesrience.

Baseball wants the best men possible for its hardest job -- umpiring million-dollar athletes -- then promises at job -- umpiring million-dollar athletes -- then promises a starting salary of $16,500 to the lucky few who survive a y starting salary of $16,500 to the lucky few who survive a youth spent in the bushes.

Baseball has long kept its umpireouth spent in the bushes.

Baseball has long kept its umpires in line because of the certain knowledge that thousands ofs in line because of the certain knowledge that thousands of folks in the stands believe they could do the easy job of y folks in the stands believe they could do the easy job of yelling "Ball" or "Strike," "Out" or "Safe."

Those 52 umps-felling "Ball" or "Strike," "Out" or "Safe."

Those 52 umps-for-a-day are perfect examples of the thousands of amateur umor-a-day are perfect examples of the thousands of amateur umpires ready on an hour's notice to leap into the majors and pires ready on an hour's notice to leap into the majors and do a job that the average fan finds indistinguishable from tdo a job that the average fan finds indistinguishable from that of a big league ump.

"I wouldn't have missed this for ahat of a big league ump.

"I wouldn't have missed this for anything," said Jim O'Connor, who worked first base in Baltimnything," said Jim O'Connor, who worked first base in Baltimore Friday night. "I got as far as four years of umpiring iore Friday night. "I got as far as four years of umpiring in AAA ball, then I gave up the dream.

"I was on a camping tn AAA ball, then I gave up the dream.

"I was on a camping trip on Fox Island (in Virginia) Friday morning. The police rip on Fox Island (in Virginia) Friday morning. The police had to track me down with their CB network and send a boat fhad to track me down with their CB network and send a boat for me. I drove in three different cars to get to the park. or me. I drove in three different cars to get to the park.

"People ask me if I could impress somebody enough to get a

"People ask me if I could impress somebody enough to get a shot at the majors," said the city school teacher. "Realistshot at the majors," said the city school teacher. "Realistically, no. But in my pipe dreams, yes. Bein' in the rightically, no. But in my pipe dreams, yes. Bein' in the right place at the right time . . . I know it won't happen, but I place at the right time . . . I know it won't happen, but I'm hoping."

Few men have an utterly impossible job that req'm hoping."

Few men have an utterly impossible job that requires no academic credentials, pays well, offers four monthsuires no academic credentials, pays well, offers four months vacation and looks simple. That's the big league ump.

So vacation and looks simple. That's the big league ump.

So when umpires ask for a fifth-crew member so one night in fivwhen umpires ask for a fifth-crew member so one night in five can be spent at the soft job of official scorer, fans howle can be spent at the soft job of official scorer, fans howl with laughter. When umps ask for a week's vacation in mids with laughter. When umps ask for a week's vacation in midseason, plus a pay raise, fans snap back. "Yer already off aeason, plus a pay raise, fans snap back. "Yer already off all winter, ya blind bum."

"Our umpires are very optimistic ll winter, ya blind bum."

"Our umpires are very optimistic that no court will sustain the injunction," said attorney Phthat no court will sustain the injunction," said attorney Phillips, "and we will be back out on strike by Wednesday nighillips, "and we will be back out on strike by Wednesday night."

Across the land, 52 amateur umpires are hoping they wilt."

Across the land, 52 amateur umpires are hoping they will. "I'll put that first $102 check on the wall," said Roesnl. "I'll put that first $102 check on the wall," said Roesner, "but I think I'd cash all the others."

Joe Fran is mutter, "but I think I'd cash all the others."

Joe Fran is muttering, "These guys don't know when they're well off. They'rering, "These guys don't know when they're well off. They're breaking contacts and renegotiating in bad faith just likee breaking contacts and renegotiating in bad faith just like the dern players."

However, that is the point. Baseball's the dern players."

However, that is the point. Baseball's free agent athletes have ended their century of serfdom, ig free agent athletes have ended their century of serfdom, ignoring the owners' cries about the "integrity of the game," noring the owners' cries about the "integrity of the game," with a limp reserve clause, the game lives and prospers.

Nowith a limp reserve clause, the game lives and prospers.

Now it is the umpires' turn to decide whether the hour has comw it is the umpires' turn to decide whether the hour has come to take their courage in hand and find out whether the game to take their courage in hand and find out whether the game can do without them. e can do without them.