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.
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 then ordered 37 softball shirts, one for each saloon. During the season Braasch would have players stop off and patronize the tavern by having a few beers.