The Umpire Strikes Back by Ron LucianoI read this at a young age, and maybe its nostalgia speaking, but I would list him among the best American humorists that I have read. He draws sharp, yet compassionate caricatures of Earl Weaver, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson, Nolan Ryan, and dozens of other hall-of-famers. His musings about the lonely life of a Major League umpire are amplified by the knowledge that he committed suicide in the mid-1990s. I am hoping that someone out there is writing a screenplay about Lucianos life and death because it would make a great film.
Top Umpire Strike Three Calls!
At last, after 72 entries, we've completed our Better Know An Umpire series. We hope you've enjoyed learning more about the human elements in blue, the men who wander anonymously through the sport, even as they make the game all about them. Next time some stooge in a chest protector screws your team out of a victory, you know where to look. Based on your responses, the most popular feature of these BKAU blurbs wasn't the betting info or the scouting reports. No, it was the called-strike-three GIF at the bottom of every post. We've collated all 72 of those GIFS for your enjoyment.
Throughout the history of baseball, umpires have played an important role in acting as officials in charge of enforcing the rules of the game and in keeping the peace between the white lines. Home plate umpires in particular are called upon to act as judge and jury for the pitcher, always having the final say on every ball that crosses the plate. As such, many umpires have adopted a particular style in which they call balls and strikes, and in particular, the all-important third strike. Here are some umpires who have perfected the art of the third-strike call in their own unique styles. The ways in which home-plate umpires make called third-strike determinations are varied in nature.
Here are a few more unforgettable calls that make Baseball the great game that it is! Your email address will not be published. Leave this field empty.
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Note: Perhaps the most well known heckle of all time, "Kill the Ump! Thayer's poem "Casey at the Bat. The majority of Umpire heckles revolve around two common themes. The Professional umpire is not usually within earshot of the bleachers. For this reason heckles must be short enough to bellow, usually not exceeding one line. Sweep the plate!