Bob Motley is the only living umpire from the Negro Baseball Leagues. While a combat Marine in World War II, Motley found his life’s passion, umpiring. In addition to his time in the Negro Leagues, he umpired in the Pacific Coast League and the College World Series, and also officiated semi-pro and college basketball and football games. Motley currently serves on the board of directors for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and is a Royal Lancer with the Kansas City Royals. He lives in Kansas City, MO.
Byron Motley is a singer, songwriter, filmmaker, lecturer, and photographer. He was inspired to co-author Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants, and Stars after growing up listening to his father, Bob Motley, recount his adventures umpiring in the Negro Leagues. When he’s not busy performing with such luminaries as Patti LuPone, Barbara Streisand, and Natalie Cole, Motley can be found recording his own music and perfecting his photography. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.