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.

Umpire George Magerkurth Ruled With An Iron Fist

S Umpire George Magerkurth ruled with an iron fist, which he wasn’t above wielding when challenged on a baseball diamond. Magerkurth worked 2,808 regular-season games and...

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...

“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...

Port of Calls

Having done hundreds of college basketball games in their officiating careers, a pregame walk-through usually is no big deal for NCAA Division I men’s...

Our Founding Story – How Referee Magazine Came To Be

It’s often been said that if one has a problem, one has three choices: whine about it, ignore it or do something about it. Lucky for the world of sports officiating, Barry Mano...

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...

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...

Mike Carey’s All-Time Memorable Game

It is Feb. 3, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz. The New England Patriots are attempting to become the second undefeated team in pro football history,...

The Shot

As an exhausted Tom Clark settled back into the aisle seat of his Delta Airlines flight the morning of March 29, 1992, a slight...

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...

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...

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...

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 Game Of The Century – Notre Dame vs. Michigan State 1966

In a game that featured number one against number two — Notre Dame vs. Michigan State — college football fans were highly anticipating which...

The Eras of Our Ways

Ron Luciano, who died in 1995, was one of the classic arbiters and characters of the 1970s in professional sports. An AL umpire for...

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...

Mayhem in Cleveland: Browns vs. Jaguars Dec. 16, 2001

It started out as a feel-good day that would eventually take a serious turn for the worse. There was no way of telling that...

Partner’s Heart Attack on the Court is Never Forgotten

I26t is Aug. 20, 2002 and the WNBA is becoming firmly entrenched as a professional league, now in the playoffs of its sixth season....

US vs. USSR 1972 Olympic Men’s Basketball Final  

Peter Rodgers never figured that by opening a gift, he’d close the book on a lingering controversy. The birthday present Rodgers received should, at the very least,...

College Football Officiating at 150

DYK? Referees did not make all rulings in college football games until 1876. As college football marks its 150th anniversary this season, it is only...

The Immaculate Reception: Pittsburgh vs. Oakland Dec. 23, 1972

Fred Swearingen's world had slowed down by 1998 and he was into a peaceful life in Carlsbad, Calif. His serene existence when we interviewed him...

John Wooden: An Interview

You might wonder why a magazine for sports officials interviewed a coach, even one as legendary as John Wooden. Through our decades of experience,...

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...

You Are There: Cooney Launches the Rocket

Then-Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens charges at umpire Terry Cooney after Cooney ejected the fiery fireballer during game four of the 1990 ALCS. AL...

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