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List of Famous Umpires

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List of famous umpires, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top umpires in the world? This includes the most prominent umpires, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable umpires is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic umpires were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned umpires.

Examples of people on this list include Lon Warneke and Thomas Lynch.

From reputable, prominent, and well known umpires to the lesser known umpires of today, these are some of the best professionals in the umpire field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous umpires ever?" and "What are the names of famous umpires?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
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  • Robert Calvin Hubbard (October 31, 1900 – October 17, 1977) was a professional American football player and Major League Baseball (MLB) umpire. After playing football at Centenary College and Geneva...  more
  • John Bertrand "Jocko" Conlan (December 6, 1899 – April 16, 1989) was an American baseball umpire who worked in the National League (NL) from 1941 to 1965. He had a brief career as an outfielder with...  more
  • Dave Pallone

    David Michael Pallone (born October 5, 1951) is an American former Major League Baseball umpire who worked in the National League from 1979 to 1988. During Pallone's career, he wore uniform number...  more
  • Henry Martin Francis O'Day (July 8, 1859 – July 2, 1935), nicknamed "The Reverend", was an American right-handed pitcher and later an umpire and manager in Major League Baseball. After a seven-year...  more
  • Nestor George Chylak Jr. (; May 11, 1922 – February 17, 1982) was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1954 to 1978. He umpired in three ALCS (1969,...  more
  • William Aloysius McGowan (January 18, 1896 – December 9, 1954) was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1925 to 1954. McGowan founded the second umpire...  more
  • Thomas Lynch

    Thomas J. Lynch (1859 – February 27, 1924) was an umpire in Major League Baseball for 13 seasons, all of which were in the National League (NL), between the years of 1888 and 1902. Known as an...  more
  • Art Passarella

    Arthur Matthew "Art" Passarella was an American professional baseball umpire and actor. He worked in the American League from 1941 to 1942, and again from 1945 to 1953. He missed two years due to...  more
  • William Joseph Klem, born William Joseph Klimm (February 22, 1874 – September 16, 1951), known as the "Old Arbitrator" and the "father of baseball umpires", was a National League (NL) umpire in Major...  more
  • William Anderson

    William Patrick Anderson stood as an umpire in two cricket Test matches in 1961–62. He was born in England and died at Johannesburg, South Africa....  more
  • Ralph Arthur "Babe" Pinelli, born Rinaldo Angelo Paolinelli (October 18, 1895 – October 22, 1984), was an American third baseman and umpire in Major League Baseball. Born in San Francisco, his...  more
  • Charles Francis Berry (October 18, 1902 – September 6, 1972) was an American athlete and sports official who enjoyed careers as a catcher and umpire in Major League Baseball and as an end and...  more
  • Robert Vavasour Ferguson (January 31, 1845 – May 3, 1894) was an American infielder, league official, manager and umpire in the early days of baseball, playing both before and after baseball became a...  more
  • William George Evans (February 10, 1884 – January 23, 1956), nicknamed "The Boy Umpire", was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1906 to 1927. He...  more
  • George Joseph Moriarty (July 7, 1884 – April 8, 1964) was an American third baseman, umpire and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1903 to 1940. He played for the Chicago Cubs, New York...  more
  • Edwin Americus Rommel (September 13, 1897 – August 26, 1970) was an American right-handed pitcher and umpire in Major League Baseball. He spent his entire playing career (1920 to 1932) with the...  more
  • Kenneth William Burkhart (born Burkhardt) (November 18, 1916 – December 29, 2004) was an American right-handed pitcher and umpire in Major League Baseball. From 1945 through 1949 he played for the...  more
  • William Gustave James Kunkel (July 7, 1936 – May 4, 1985) was an American relief pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1961 to 1963, who went on to a career as an American League umpire from...  more
  • William Joseph "Barry" McCormick (December 25, 1874 – January 28, 1956) was a professional baseball player and later a Major League umpire. As a player, he played infielder in Major League Baseball...  more
  • Ronald Michael Luciano (June 28, 1937 – January 18, 1995) was an American Major League Baseball umpire from 1969 to 1979 in the American League. He was known for his flamboyant style, clever...  more
  • Charles Barthell Moran (February 22, 1878 – June 14, 1949), nicknamed "Uncle Charley", was an American sportsman who gained renown as both a catcher and umpire in Major League Baseball and as a...  more
  • John William "Ziggy" Sears was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the National League from 1934 to 1945. Sears umpired 1,647 major league games in his 12-year career. He umpired in two...  more
  • August Joseph Donatelli (August 22, 1914 – May 24, 1990) was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the National League from 1950 to 1973. Highly regarded for his ability, he was...  more
  • Walter John "Butch" Henline (December 20, 1894 – October 9, 1957) was an American catcher and umpire in Major League Baseball who played from 1921 to 1931 for the New York Giants, Brooklyn Robins,...  more
  • Frank Edward Secory (August 24, 1912 – April 7, 1995) was an American left fielder and umpire in Major League Baseball who played 186 games from 1940 to 1946 for the Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers,...  more