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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. (294 items)

Cal Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Robert Calvin Hubbard was a professional American football player and Major League Baseball umpire. After playing football at Centenary College and Geneva College, Hubbard played in the National ...more

Jocko Conlan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Umpires
John Bertrand "Jocko" Conlan was an American Hall of Fame umpire who worked in the National League from 1941 to 1965. He had a brief career as an outfielder with the Chicago White Sox ...more

Dave Pallone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Dave Pallone David Michael Pallone is a former Major League Baseball umpire who worked in the National League from 1979 to 1988. During Pallone's career, he wore uniform number 26.

Hank O'Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Henry M. O'Day, nicknamed "The Reverend", was an American right-handed pitcher and later an umpire and manager in Major League Baseball. After a seven-year major league playing career, ...more

Nestor Chylak is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Nestor George Chylak, Jr. was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1954 to 1978. He umpired in three ALCS, serving as crew chief in 1969 and 1973. ...more

Bill McGowan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Umpires
William Aloysius McGowan was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1925 to 1954. McGowan founded the second umpire school in the United States. He ...more

Thomas Lynch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Thomas Lynch Thomas J. Lynch was an umpire in Major League Baseball for 13 seasons, all of which were in the National League, between the years of 1888 and 1902. Known as an honest, but sometimes brash ...more

Art Passarella is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Umpires
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 ...more

Bill Klem is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Bill Klem William Joseph Klem, born William Joseph Klimm, known as the "Old Arbitrator" and the "father of baseball umpires", was a National League umpire in Major League Baseball from ...more

William Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Umpires
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.

Babe Pinelli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Ralph Arthur "Babe" Pinelli, born Rinaldo Angelo Paolinelli, was an American third baseman and umpire in Major League Baseball. Born in San Francisco, his playing career was mostly ...more

Charlie Berry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Charles Francis Berry was an American athlete and sports official who enjoyed careers as a catcher and umpire in Major League Baseball and as an offensive end and official in the National ...more

Bob Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Robert Vavasour Ferguson was an American infielder, league official, manager and umpire in the early days of baseball, playing both before and after baseball became a professional sport. In ...more

Billy Evans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Umpires
William George Evans, nicknamed "The Boy Umpire," was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1906 to 1927. He became, at age 22, the ...more

George Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Umpires
George Joseph Moriarty was an American third baseman, umpire and manager in Major League Baseball from 1903 to 1940. He played for the Chicago Cubs, New York Highlanders, Detroit Tigers and ...more

Eddie Rommel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Edwin Americus Rommel was an American right-handed pitcher and umpire in Major League Baseball. He spent his entire playing career with the Philadelphia Athletics. He is considered to be the ...more

Ken Burkhart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Kenneth William Burkhart was an American right-handed pitcher and umpire in Major League Baseball. From 1945 through 1949 he played for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds, and he served ...more

Bill Kunkel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Umpires
William Gustave James Kunkel was an American right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1961 to 1963 who went on to a career as an American League umpire from 1968 until his ...more

Barry McCormick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Umpires
William Joseph "Barry" McCormick was a professional baseball player and later a Major League umpire. As a player, he played infielder in Major League Baseball from 1895 to 1904. He ...more

Ron Luciano is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Ronald Michael Luciano was an American Major League Baseball umpire from 1969 to 1979 in the American League. He was known for his flamboyant style, clever aphorisms, and a series of published ...more

Charley Moran is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Charles Barthell Moran, nicknamed "Uncle Charley," was an American sportsman who gained renown as both a catcher and umpire in Major League Baseball and as a collegiate and ...more

Ziggy Sears is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Umpires
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 ...more

Augie Donatelli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Umpires
August Joseph Donatelli 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 also known for his ...more

Butch Henline is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Walter John "Butch" Henline was an American catcher and umpire in Major League Baseball who played from 1921 to 1931 for the New York Giants, Brooklyn Robins, Philadelphia Phillies and ...more

Frank Secory is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Frank Edward Secory 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, and Chicago Cubs. His best ...more

Lon Warneke is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Lonnie Warneke, nicknamed "The Arkansas Hummingbird", was a Major League Baseball player, Major League umpire, county judge, U.S. military serviceman, and businessman from Montgomery ...more

Hank Soar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Albert Henry Soar was an American football running back and defensive back in the National Football League who went on to have a long career as an umpire in Major League Baseball. Soar played ...more

Bob Emslie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Robert Daniel Emslie was a Canadian pitcher in Major League Baseball who went on to set numerous records for longevity as an umpire. Born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Emslie had a brief ...more

Harry Colliflower is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Umpires
James Harry Colliflower, nicknamed "Collie", was a Major League Baseball player during the 1899 season. As a 30 year old rookie southpaw pitcher for the Cleveland Spiders, Colliflower ...more

Ernest C. Quigley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Ernest C. Quigley Ernest Cosmos "Ernie" Quigley was a Canadian-born American sports official who became notable both as a basketball referee and as an umpire in Major League Baseball. He also worked as ...more

Brick Owens is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Brick Owens Clarence Bernard "Brick" Owens was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the National League in 1908 and 1912-1913, and in the American League from 1916 through ...more

Bill Brennan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Bill Brennan William Thomas "Bill" Brennan was a Major League Baseball umpire and college football coach. Brennan umpired in the National League from 1909 through 1913. He worked in the Federal ...more

Paul Schrieber is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Paul Warren Schrieber is an American professional baseball umpire. His major league career began in 1998. He worked the 2000 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and the Division Series in 1999, ...more

Eddie Hurley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Eddie Hurley Edwin Henry "Eddie" Hurley was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1947 to 1965.

Charles F. Daniels is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Charles F. Daniels Charles F. Daniels, was an American umpire in Major League Baseball. He umpired professionally from 1874 to 1889. He was among the original umpires hired when the National League was founded in ...more

Lou DiMuro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Lou DiMuro Louis John DiMuro was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1963 until his death.

Hunter Wendelstedt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Hunter Wendelstedt Harry Hunter Wendelstedt III is a baseball umpire who has worked in the National League in 1998-1999 and throughout both major leagues since 2000. His father Harry Hunter Wendelstedt, Jr. was an ...more

Ed Hickox is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Ed Hickox Edwin William Hickox is an umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1990 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues beginning in 2005. He wears uniform number 15. ...more

Jake O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Umpires
James Michael "Jake" O'Donnell is a former sports official who worked as a National Basketball Association referee for 28 seasons from 1967 to 1995, and also as an umpire in Major ...more

Bob Davidson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Bob Davidson Robert Allan Davidson is an umpire for Major League Baseball.

Artie Gore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Artie Gore Arthur Joseph "Artie" Gore was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the National League from 1947 to 1956. Gore umpired 1,464 major league games in his 10 year career. He ...more

Emmett Ashford is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Emmett Littleton Ashford, nicknamed "Ash", was the first African American umpire in Major League Baseball, working in the American League from 1966 to 1970.

Joe West is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Joseph Henry West, nicknamed "Cowboy Joe", is an American professional baseball umpire in Major League Baseball. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, he grew up in Greenville and played ...more

Bill Dinneen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Umpires
William Henry Dinneen, alternately spelled Dineen, was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who followed his 12-year career from 1898 to 1909 with a highly regarded tenure ...more

George Pipgras is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Umpires
George Pipgras George William Pipgras was an American right-handed starting pitcher and umpire in Major League Baseball. Known as "The Danish Viking," he spent most of his playing career with the New ...more

Watch Burnham is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Watch Burnham George Walter "Watch" Burnham was an American umpire and manager in Major League Baseball who was briefly in the National League in the 1880s. He was born in Albion, Michigan.

Larry Napp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Larry Albert Napp, born Larry Albert Napadano, was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1951 to 1974. He officiated in the World Series in 1954, ...more

Miah Murray is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Jeremiah J. "Miah" Murray was an American catcher in Major League Baseball for four seasons, then umpired full-time for one season. In his career, he played with four different teams: ...more

John McSherry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Umpires
John McSherry John Patrick McSherry was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the National League from 1971 to 1996. McSherry wore uniform number 9 when he entered the National League, ...more

Ed Sudol is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Umpires
Ed Sudol Edward Lawrence Sudol was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the National League from 1957 to 1977. Sudol umpired 3,247 major league games in his 21 year career, wearing uniform number ...more