I met Chuck Reinert when I was assistant sports editor at The Garden City Telegram in the mid-2000s. He came across as a big, lovable teddy bear.

He was working at the Lakin Recreation Center when we got to know one another. He invited me to attend an umpire camp put on by his friend and Garden Citian Todd Tichenor, who was a minor league umpire at the time and just a year or two away from reaching the big leagues.

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