Umpires & Managers
Jim "ack ack" Acanfora
Jim Acanfora was born and raised on Chicago’s
West side where he attended Quigley North High
School, graduating in 1966. He lettered in
baseball, basketball, football, track, and wresting
and was also involved in choir and debate.
He then went on to Loyola University and in
1971 earned his degree in Public Accounting
(CPA) with a minor in Business Law, Finance, and
Classical Languages. He played basketball,
football, baseball, hockey, and ran track. He is also
a member of the Phi Kappa Theta (PKT) fraternity.
In 1964 he began a playing career that would
last into the 1980s, but in 1972 he started an
umpiring career that would take him to the major
leagues of 16-inch softball. He started umpiring in
church, school, and park district leagues around
the West and Southwest suburbs of Chicago. Little
did he know that from these humble beginnings
he would go on to umpire over five thousand
softball games, many at softball’s highest levels.
In 1978 he became a registered/licensed ASA
umpire and began to officiate men’s and women’s
12-inch and 16-inch games for Tom O’Neill, Bob
Ancona, and Joe Hoffman at the top parks in
Chicago and the suburbs. That year, he also began
umpiring at ASA regional, sectional, and national
competitions. He has officiated at eleven national
tournaments, nineteen state tournaments, seven
Forest Park Tournaments, twelve Grant Park
Tournaments, all six North-South Tournaments,
and at numerous 12-inch tournaments.
In 1999 he achieved Gold Status as an ASA
umpire, after achieving Blue, Platinum, and Silver
levels. During his umpire career, he always
stressed fairness in calling the game, respected the
players and the integrity of the game, called the
game to the best of his ability, and realized that
the game is more important than one person.
Currently he has reduced the number of
games that he officiates, but does assign an elite
group of umpires for 16-inch major leagues and
He was the chief financial officer (CFO) and
treasurer for Royal Crown Bottling Company of
Chicago from 1981 until the company closed in
2005. He is semi-retired and is a consultant for
select companies and clients.
He and his wife, Bonnie, live in Palos Park.
Jim has two children, Debra and Julie, from a