Baseball Umpires in History

Events in Sport

  • 1882-06-24 NL expels umpire Richard Higham for dishonesty
  • 1900-06-21 Dodgers score 7 in top of 11th to go ahead of Phillies, 20-13, In bottom of 11th Phillies stalls so umpire forfeits game to Dodgers
  • 1901-08-21 Joe McGinnity, suspended from NL for punching & spitting on an umpire
  • 1906-04-22 New rule puts umpire in sole charge of all game balls
  • 1906-09-03 After an 8 minute argument over an umpire call the NY Highlanders win on forfeit over Philadelphia A's; Highlanders' MLB record 5th doubleheader sweep on consecutive days

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1909-08-04 MLB umpire Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting in the face of A's 2nd baseman Eddie Collins who had questioned a call; 2 weeks later Hurst banned for life

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1913-08-30 Phillies lead Giants 8-6 in top of 9th, fans in bleachers try to distract Giants, Umpire forefeits game to Giants, later overruled
  • 1918-08-28 Tris Speaker suspended for season due to assault on umpire Tom Connolly
  • 1920-06-08 Reds' Edd Roush falls asleep in center during long infield argument Heinie Groh goes to wake him, but umpire ejects Roush for delay of game

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1922-05-25 Babe Ruth suspended 1 day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an umpire

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

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1926-11-03 Legendary baseball figure Ty Cobb resigns as Detroit Tigers manager; replaced by George Moriarty, first man to hold MLB's 4 principal jobs: player, umpire, scout and manager

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1935-10-24 Judge Landis fines umpire George Moriarty, Cubs manager Charlie Grimm & Chicago players W English, B Jurges & B Herman for actions in World Series
  • 1937-08-06 MLB overturns NY Yankees 7-6 win over Cleveland Indians because of umpire error
  • 1941-07-13 Eddie Mayo (LA-Pacific Coast League), spits in face of umpire Ray Snyder
  • 1942-10-03 NY Yankees shortstop Frank Crosetti shoves umpire Bill Summers in Game 3 of the Baseball World Series; he is fined $250 & suspended for first 30 days of 1943 season
  • 1945-09-06 A's catcher Greek George punches umpire Joe Rue gets suspended

  • 1951-09-16 US National League umpire Frank Dascoli clears the Dodgers bench, ejecting 15 players
  • 1952-02-20 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
  • 1956-04-24 AL umpire Frank Umont is 1st to wear glasses in a regular season game
  • 1960-08-28 White Sox Ted Kluzewski's 3-run HR is disallowed as umpire called time
  • 1966-04-11 Emmett Ashford becomes 1st African American major league umpire
  • 1968-09-30 AL & NL umpires form a new Association of Major League Umpires
  • 1970-10-03 First umpires strike in MLB history lasts one day during League Championship Series; AL and NL presidents recognise newly-formed MLB Umpires Association; negotiate labor contract
  • 1972-01-13 Bernice Gera wins anti-discrimination case against the National Baseball Congressl, initiated March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire
  • 1972-06-23 Bernice Gera becomes first female umpire in US pro baseball, Geneva Senators and Auburn Twins in Geneva, New York
  • 1972-07-14 Plate umpire and catcher in a game are brothers. Bill Haller is umpire & Tom Haller is Tigers catcher, KC Royals win 1-0
  • 1972-09-18 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego)
  • 1974-07-14 Billy Martin is 1st AL manager ejected by umpire from 2 games in 1 day
  • 1976-02-02 Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom & umpire Cal Hubbard elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1976-06-15 Rain out! Astrodome cancels game heavy rains make it difficult for visiting team and umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium
  • 1978-07-14 Umpire Doug Harvey ejects Don Sutton after discovering 3 scuffed balls
  • 1978-08-25 MLB baseball umpires stage a 1 day strike
  • 1979-03-07 Baseball exhibition season opens with semi-pro & amateur umpires

Sport awardTennis Open

1979-08-30 In a wild encounter at the US Open, John McEnroe beats Ilie Năstase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Năstase is defaulted by the umpire then reinstated

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 1980-04-25 A's manager Billy Martin restrained by umpires from attacking a fan
  • 1981-05-27 Lenny Randle tries to blow a slow roller foul but umpire says no

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1983-05-30 AL President Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for one week, for his public criticism of umpires

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 1984-10-02 Due to a strike by MLB umpires, first 4 NLCS games played with replacement umpires; Game 1: Chicago Cubs beat SD Padres, 13-0
  • 1985-10-26 On a poor call in 6th game, umpire Don Deckinger starts a string of events costing Cardinals the World Series
  • 1990-03-22 The ML umpires announce that they will boycott exhibition games
  • 1990-04-21 National League umpire is arrested for stealing baseball cards
  • 1991-04-08 Major league umpires & baseball reach a 4-year agreement
  • 1991-07-08 Major league umpire Steve Palermo and former NFL defensive lineman Terence Mann shot trying to help 2 waitresses from being robbed
  • 1994-06-23 Replay shows Oakland Athletics's Bobby Witt beat Kansas City's Greg Gagne to 1st in 6th but umpire Gary Cedarstrom calls him safe, ruining Witt's perfect game
  • 1996-09-27 Balt Oriole Roberto Alomar spits in face of umpire John Hirschbeck
  • 2014-12-02 After featuring in a magazine article with long-time life partner, veteran MLB umpire and crew chief Dale Scott openly acknowledges his homosexuality; overwhelmingly positive reaction from baseball circles

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859-07-08 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher/umpire/manager (umpire 10 World Series), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1935)
  • 1870-12-31 Thomas Connolly, English-American baseball umpire, born in Manchester, United Kingdom (d. 1961)
  • 1874-02-22 Bill Klem, American baseball umpire (d. 1951)
  • 1900-10-31 Cal Hubbard, American football and baseball player, and umpire (only person in Baseball and Football Hall of Fame), born in Keytesville, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1915-11-18 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player and umpire (d. 2004)
  • 1922-05-11 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (d. 1992)
  • 1930-03-13 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), born in South Gate, California (d. 2018)
  • 1931-06-15 Bernice Gera, first woman umpire in US pro baseball, born in Ernest, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1936-08-28 Don Denkinger, American baseball umpire, born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • 1937-06-28 Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire (d. 1995)
  • 1937-07-09 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, born in Nyack, New York
  • 1963-06-02 Brian Harvey, baseball umpire (NL)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1935-07-02 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, umpire, manager (umpire 10 World Series), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 75
  • 1961-08-28 Thomas Connolly, 1st baseball umpire elected to hall of fame, dies
  • 1977-10-17 [Robert] Cal Hubbard, American football and baseball player and umpire (only person in football and baseball Hall of Fame), dies at 77
  • 1982-02-17 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (b. 1922)
  • 1992-09-23 Bernice Gera, American 1st female baseball umpire (1969 NY-Penn League), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1995-01-18 Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire (b. 1937)
  • 1996-04-01 John McSherry, American baseball umpire (b. 1944)
  • 2012-01-17 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, dies of heart attack at 74
  • 2018-01-13 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), dies at 87