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Sens to celebrate the life of Jim Knight

By Helena American Legion Baseball, 07/11/23, 3:45PM MDT



Please join us WEDNESDAY,  JULY 12 AT 5:00 PM as we celebrate the life of Helena umpire legend Jim Knight. We will be presenting the Second Annual Jim Knight Memorial Award to one of our Senators players. The 2022 winner, former Senator Tyler Tenney, will be on hand to present the award.

First pitch between the Helena Senators and Missoula Mavericks is at 5:00 PM.

We will also honor the Helena Cal Ripken (HBRBA) 10U and 12U State Champions between games. Each team will represent Montana at the Pacific Northwest regional tournament later in July.

About Jim Knight

Post 2 of the American Legion and the Helena Senators celebrate the life of Jim Knight.  Jim passed away August 12, 2021 after his 5-year battle with cancer.  He became a familiar sight at the ballfields throughout Helena in his 32-year career as an official for ASA, American Legion, MLB Pioneer League, and the NAIA Frontier Conference.  Jim was one of THE GREATEST supporters of all umpires, especially to those from the MLB minor leagues and American Legion baseball here at Kindrick Legion Field.  Mr. Knight is also the father of current MLB umpire Brian Knight.

The Award

The Helena Senators will honor Mr. Knight with  the Jim Knight Memorial Award.  This award is voted on by the Helena umpire pool, led by former UIC Mike Taylor,  and is presented to the player that best demonstrates integrity, sportsmanship, character, and Jim’s passion for the game of baseball.

The first Jim Knight Memorial Award was presented by Jim’s long time companion Candace Girvan and loved ones Jinny and Jim English. Jim’s sons, Brian and Kevin Knight and daughter, Kelly Todd,  express their gratitude and congratulate the Jim Knight Memorial Award winner. 

Award Winners

  • 2023 - Walker Bennett
  • 2022 - Tyler Tenney

Jim Knight, who inspired son's career as MLB umpire, to be honored by Helena Senators

By Daniel Shepherd, 406mtsports

HELENA — Brian Knight has carried a piece of the Helena American Legion baseball program he was a member of growing up with him to every MLB park he’s worked in over the last year.

Knight, who said 2023 is his 29th year in professional baseball, is working on year No. 13 as a full-time MLB umpire. His father, Jim Knight, was a leader in the Helena community and spent a lifetime officiating ASA Softball, American Legion, Pioneer League, and Frontier Conference (and everything in between) games.

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