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.

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,...

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...

Eight Is Enough: 1985 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship

You would think after officiating more than 166 minutes of a soccer game, the sweat-soaked officials had put in a full day and would...

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....

Hammerin’ Hank 715

It was perhaps the most sacred of all of baseball’s sacred records, but when Hank Aaron launched long ball number 715, he became baseball’s...

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 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...

Hip, Hip No Way: Yankees vs. Dodgers 1978 World Series

Reggie Jackson earned the nickname Mr. October because of his bat. But a baserunning play swung the 1978 World Series in favor of Jackson’s...

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,...

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...

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