Beans Reardon

Umpire Beans Reardon
Birthdate 11/23/1897
Death Date 7/31/1984
Debut Year 1926
Year of Induction
Teams National League
Position Umpire

Beans Reardon was the central figure in Norman Rockwell’s “Bottom of the Sixth”. He umped 5 World Series and 3 All Star games from 1926-49.

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Beans Reardon's Association of Professional Ball Players of America Lifetime Pass

Beans Reardon's Association of Professional Ball Players of America Lifetime Pass

One of baseball’s most colorful umpires, John Edward “Beans” Reardon acquired his nickname because he was raised in Boston. Famous for his salty language and heavy beer drinking, Reardon started umpiring professionally in the PCL in 1920. Six years later he was working in the big l
Beans Reardon was a charter member of the Anaheim Stadium Club in 1966; here's his pass

Beans Reardon was a charter member of the Anaheim Stadium Club in 1966; here's his pass

When Gene Autry opened the doors to Anaheim Stadium in 1966, it was jewel. The stadium club was the most exclusive of venues, a private club for box holders. An Angels’ 1966 publication said the club has, “an atmosphere will tickle your sense of appreciation for the better things of lif
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J. E. "Beans" Reardon's So. Calif. Umpires Assn. Honorary Life Member card

In the collection is this honorary life member card issued to J.E. “Beans” Reardon by the So. Calif. Umpires Assn. The umpire in chief of the association whose name appears at the bottom is former 1940s Pacific Coast League umpire Dewey Widner. In the center of the card is an indicator t
Beans Reardon's Edmonton Old Timers Baseball Association membership card

Beans Reardon's Edmonton Old Timers Baseball Association membership card

The image above shows John “Beans” Reardon’s membership card for the Edmonton Old Timers Baseball Association. Interestingly it is signed by John Dusey who is a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Nicknamed “Mr. Baseball”, Dusey was a player, umpire and admin
United Air Lines Million Miler membership card issued to Beans Reardon in 1949

United Air Lines Million Miler membership card issued to Beans Reardon in 1949

To amass a million miles, one would have to drive around the earth 40 times. Beans Reardon accomplished the feat in the air with United Airlines. This United Air Lines’ membership card was issued to John E. Reardon in 1949, only 18 years after Boeing Air Transport, National Air Transport, Var

One response to “Beans Reardon”

  1. JOHN J. REARDON says:

    I have been known as “Beans” since I was in grade school just outside of Boston about 70 years ago. I had learned a bit about “Beans” and have seen his obituary when he passed, but this page provided much more information about him. I have also run into some other Bostonian Reardons that also are known as Beans. Thanks for the info.

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