Vincent: So, you want to be an umpire?

From SABR member David Vincent at Retrosheet on June 28, 2016:

Modern umpires like to be invisible on the field and consider it a good day when no one remembers them after a game. There have been days, though, that are memorable ones. Here are some of those days.

In 1882, National League Umpire Dick Higham, a former player, was expelled from the game for colluding with gamblers. He had been the first umpire to wear a mask on the field. Higham umpired his last game on June 22, 1882 in Buffalo.


On July 6, 1896, Umpire Tim Keefe grew tired of all the arguing and left in the fifth inning. Players Ed McFarland and Jouette Meekin were chosen to finish the game. The game was called by rain at the end of the eighth inning.

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Originally published: June 29, 2016. Last Updated: June 29, 2016.