I told his story in 2010. The Shag Crawford tale bears repeating.
I have not focused enough on umpires in my recent letters. They’ve seen it all.
And there will be more Doug Harveys, more umps who make the Hall of Fame.
Most of all, I welcome these colorful characters. The Men In Blue could be blue.
I remember a SABR member once telling that he sent a questionnaire to Jocko Conlan. He received a HOF plaque postcard back, personalized to his name, with “Go To Hell, Best Wishes, Jocko Conlan.”
Wanting to tap my Iowa roots, I selected Don Denkinger as the next ump to get my letter. He’s in the 2012 Allen & Ginter set. I asked him about that and other topics.
Readers: what living ex-umps would you like to hear from most?