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Monday, March 31, 2014

Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey, who officiated over 4,000 games and is the co-author (with Peter Golenbock) of They Called Me God: The Best Umpire Who Ever Lived (Gallery Books, 2014), talks baseball on the day of the Mets home opener.


Doug Harvey

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Comments [7]

Jake S from Harlem

Amy - There are multiple possible reasons. Have any women shown enough interest to sign up for umpire school? If/when umps make the grade, they also have to spend several years paying their dues in the indy leagues and minors. I agree that there's no reason that women couldn't do that job, but it would take some time for a woman to make her way up the ladder to the major leagues, even assuming she didn't face job discrimination.

Mar. 31 2014 12:14 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Speaking of "A League of Their Own," in a time when women are cops, firefighters, & sports reporters who even interview male players in locker rooms, why are there still no women umpires? Unlike the case w/major league baseball itself, there's no intrinsic reason a woman couldn't do an umpire's job.

Mar. 31 2014 12:09 PM
Tony from Canarsie

foodaggro from Brooklyn -- That's not a bad idea. Offhand, the only movie I can think of about umpires is the 1950 baseball comedy "Kill the Umpire," starring William Bendix and written by the great Frank Tashlin. Turner Classic Movies has shown it a couple of times.

Mar. 31 2014 12:00 PM
DK in BK from The City

Mar. 31 2014 11:54 AM
Joe from nearby

How did Mr Harvey deal with the abuse heaped on him by players, coaches & spectators? Was there any trick he used to resist the urge to take their bait?

What advice would he give for a new ump?

Mar. 31 2014 11:50 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Umpire school?! That's hilarious.
Should be a movie about this, starring who else but Vince Vaughn!

Mar. 31 2014 11:49 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

This year it felt as if this day (actually yesterday -- Opening Day) would NEVER come!

We made it! Thank goodness!

Mar. 31 2014 11:28 AM

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