Hershel Pritchard, Sr.

1992 Posthumous Award

Mr. Hershel Pritchard, Sr. (Shake) expired on Thursday, August 1, 1991. He was born in Dyersburgh, Tennessee, moving to Flint at an early age. He was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Hershel attended Flint Community Schools, graduating from Northern in 1941. While at Northern he played baseball and was on the Saginaw Valley Championship team in 1941 when he was nominated unanimously All-Valley First Baseman.

He was the first black referee in the City League Basketball, first black umpire in the City League Softball and a referee in the Factory League Basketball. He was a softball assistant at Whaley Park and in 1974 became Supervisor of the City Class-A Basketball League. He also played on the top national, state, and local fastpitch teams.

Hershel was a committeeman and alternate shop committeeman until his retirement from Buick in January, 1980, after 30 years of faithful and unwavering service.

He was one of the founders of the Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame and a member of the Old-timers Club.

Another link to Flint’s storied sports, those who knew him would agree: Hershel Pritchard was all of that and more.