Officiating in History

Tales of big games, big calls and the officials that worked them.

Officiating in History

Officiating in History
Tales of big games, big calls and the officials that worked them.

Nolan Ryan’s Final Hit Batter: August 4, 1993

I n his illustrious 27-year career, Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan hit 158 batters. “He did not have a reputation as a headhunter,” said retired...

A History of Strikes and Lockouts

Over the years, strikes or lockouts have impacted the officials of every major sport. L abor disputes have been a part of American life since shortly...

Locked Out

Late on the evening of Sept. 24, 2012, three men enjoy a nightcap at a New York City hotel. On the TV, the Seattle...

The ‘Stuff’ Dreams Are Made Of: NC State vs. Houston – April 4, 1983

Time was ticking down to a precious few seconds in the 1983 NCAA men’s basketball tournament championship game between Houston and North Carolina State.. Underdog...

Favre’s MNF Dad Game – Dec. 22, 2003

When the 2003 NFL season opened, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre had already pretty much assured himself a place in the Pro Football...

Underdog Upset: App. State beats Michigan – Sept. 1, 2007

The giant was going to slay Jack and burn his beanstalk. Goliath was going to smother David and obliterate his slingshot. The cheetah was going to bring down the gazelle and...

You Are There: UCLA Streak Snapped

There are only three “streaks” in sports that matter: DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, Ripken’s 2,632 consecutive game “iron man” streak and UCLA’s 88-game winning...

Bronx Brawl – Yankees vs. Orioles – May 19, 1998

Over the years, MLB has seen its share of bench-clearing brawls. The bench-clearing part of it? OK. But the brawl part of it? Not...

You Are There: Trumbull Upsets Taiwan in 1989 LLWS Final

If it’s David versus Goliath stories you are looking for, you need to go no further than the 1989 Little League World Series championship game between Taiwan and Trumbull, Conn. And...

Bobby Knight Throws A Chair

Bobby Knight’s molten rage briefly bubbled beneath the surface until, like Vesuvius, he erupted in a pyrotechnic fury. The Indiana basketball coach blew his top...
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You Are There: Boise State’s Statue of Liberty vs. Oklahoma 2007

Some eyebrows were raised when Boise State was selected for the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Broncos were a perfect 12-0 during the 2006 season, but some questioned the caliber...

Inside “The Comeback” – Buffalo vs. Houston 1993

Had the now ubiquitous “Win Probability Chart” been a thing in 1993, the Buffalo Bills and their fans would not have been happy with what it showed at halftime of their AFC...

“I’ll Never Forget”: Officiating Legends Recall Their Most Memorable Game

  It is June 14, 1998, at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City. The Chicago Bulls are playing the Utah Jazz in Game 6...

One Second Left: Celtics vs. Suns 1976 NBA Finals

Richie Powers recalls that the biggest call he had to make in his nearly 25-year NBA officiating career came at the Boston Garden on...

The Earthquake Game: 1989 World Series Game 3 San Francisco vs. Oakland

When the 1989 San Francisco quake hit, baseball stopped as a city tended to its wounds. It was the only time in history a World Series was...

MLB umpire Steve Rippley ejects 17 during one ’84 game

It may happen that an umpire can go through an entire career without a “hat trick.” That’s baseball parlance for ejecting three participants in...

DQ’d: Tyson vs. Holyfield June 28, 1997

Five days after ending the notorious Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield fight with a Tyson disqualification, Mills Lane is holed up in his Nevada District Court...

Officiating In History: Nolan Ryan’s 7th No-Hitter – May 1, 1991

Texas Rangers' pitcher Nolan Ryan felt every one of his 44 years early in the evening of May 1, 1991. Worse, he was about...

The Pine Tar Incident: Brett v. McClelland – July 24, 1983

As Tim McClelland walked toward his gate at New York’s LaGuardia International Airport the evening of July 24, 1983, the first-year AL umpire had to pass...

The Glory Road Game

Thornton Jenkins had so much more than an NCAA basketball championship game to officiate when Texas Western tipped off against the University of Kentucky...

Emmett Ashford – a rare personality

From the minors to the majors, Emmett Ashford was an umpire who had style. His career was typified by an incident in his first...

Highest-Scoring Game in NCAA History: Troy State vs. DeVry Jan. 12, 1992 

Defense went out the window when Troy State and DeVry Institute engaged in the highest-scoring game in NCAA history. Fifty-one three-pointers by one team are just part of...

Behind the Scenes on the Legendary Woodson Interception

On Oct. 25, 1997, Michigan State’s Todd Schultz took the third-and-long snap in Spartan Stadium with a little more than two minutes left in...

The Ice Bowl: Green Bay vs. Dallas Dec. 31, 1967

The Northland Hotel’s cheerful wakeup message belied what had settled in during the night. “Good morning,” the answering service chirped. “It is 16 degrees below zero and...

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