Freon Betts was a soldier during WW II and served 42 months in the US Army where he obtained the rank of staff sergeant and earned a Bronze Star for his service to our country. He After his discharge from the service, he returned to his hometown of Bryan, Ohio. He worked his family's business and married the love of his life, Margaret Strasbaugh.
In 1948, Betts began his new career in baseball. He was a noted umpire in the All American Girls Professional Baseball league. He started his umpire career of 34 years umpiring in the women's league in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan at home games for the Fort Wayne Daises, South Bend Blue Sox, Rockford Peaches and the Kalamazoo Lassies. He was a colorful umpire who was well liked in the AAGPBL AND umpired in the league from 1948 until the league folded in 1954. He was also well known for umpiring High School and college events in Michigan and thru-out his native state of Ohio.
Over the course of his umpiring career, he umpired over 35,000 games at all levels of play and met many future Hall of Famers in their beginning years including Satchel Paige, Bob Feller, and Hank Aaron. Freon himself was inducted into the Northern Indian Hall of Fame for his contributions to the game of baseball.
Freon Betts passed away at the age of 95 on January 22, 2017, in his hometown of Bryan, Ohio.
Feroen umpired in the league from 1948-1954.