When one thinks of highly successful umpires in Chautauqua County one of the first names brought up is Joe Nalbone.
Nalbone was born on February 7, 1909, and moved to the area in 1927.
In 1928, Nalbone played for the Falconer Falcons of the Chautauqua County League and the following year for St. James in the Jamestown Muny A League. It was in 1930 that Nalbone started umpiring when he worked in the Chautauqua County, Jamestown Muny A and B Leagues along with the American Legion. In addition, he was manager of the Carnahan-Shearer team of the Junior American Legion and performed for the Jamestown Community Centers in the Muny Class A League.