When Lynton "Dusty" Boggess was nine years old, he talked his way into the batboy's job with the Waco team of the Texas League, a move that set the pattern for his life. Boggess broke into baseball as a player with Cleburne of the old Texas-Oklahoma League. He shortly became known for his versatility based on his ability to play every position. He later served in the East Texas, Western, Dixie and Texas Leagues, and for a time, he doubled as player and manager. After his playing days ended in 1938, he began umpiring in the Western, Texas, and National Leagues and became one of the best. As a National League Umpire in 1944, he worked in four World Series games and three All-Star games. Boggess was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1973.