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Bill Klem

Bill Klem (Baseball.  Born, Rochester, NY, Feb. 22, 1874; died, Miami, FL Sept. 1, 1951.)  Considered by most observers the greatest umpire ever, William Joseph Klem once told players waiting for a call, “It ain’t nothing till I call it.”  When he did call it, Klem rarely missed one in an N.L. career that spanned […]

Al Barlick

Al Barlick (Baseball.  Born, Springfield, IL, Apr. 2, 1915; died, Springfield, IL, Dec. 27, 1995.)  An Illinois coal miner who began umpiring games at $1 apiece during a mine strike, Albert Joseph Barlick served as an N.L. umpire for nearly 30 seasons (1940-43, 1946-55, 1958-71).  Barlick began his professional career in 1936 in the Northwest […]

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