Babe Ruth League President/CEO Steven Tellefsen said, "Jay Kump has been involved with our program for over 40 years. He is a very dedicated volunteer and plays a major role in the success the organization enjoys today. It is a proud moment to have a person of his caliber inducted into the Hall of Fame."
In October of 1953, Jay Kump organized Elko's first Babe Ruth League. From 1954 through 1959, Mr. Kump served as a coach in the Elko league. In 1955, Mr. Kump realized that the local facilities needed some improvement, so he and his two teenage sons began to build a field. Kump Field, completed in 1958, is being used by local Babe Ruth teams to this day and is considered to be one of the finest in the region.
In 1959, Mr. Kump served as the Vice President of the Elko league. In 1960, he was elected to served as the local league president, an office he held for three years. In 1964, Mr. Kump was elected to serve as Assistant State Commissioner for Nevada. In 1966, he became Nevada State Commissioner and served in this capacity for 30 consecutive years, stepping down in 1997.
In his many years of service to Babe Ruth League, Inc., Jay Kump accomplished many goals. He initiated the state's first 16-18 program, funded Nevada's Bambino program and hosted more Regional Tournaments at Kump field than any other park in the Pacific Southwest Region.
In addition to his loyal service to Babe Ruth League, Inc., Mr. Kump has been involved in many other activities such as Elko Boy Scouts, the City Council and City Planning Commission and served as a Charter Member of the Elko High Booster Club.