Bill McGowan

Bill McGowan
Birthdate 1/18/1896
Death Date 12/9/1954
Debut Year 1925
Year of Induction 1992
Teams American League, MLB
Position Umpire

Bill McGowan umpired eight World Series and four All Star games during his 30-year career. He once worked 2,541 consecutive games.

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Bill McGowan was one of the most respected umpires of his day

Bill McGowan was one of the most respected umpires of his day

The umpire is the game’s ultimate arbiter, the man who makes sure the game is played fair and square. Hall of Fame umpire Bill McGowan was known for getting the call right. Known for his fiery personality, McGowan was a boxer before taking up umpiring. His physical stature, skill with his fist
Bill McGowan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992

Bill McGowan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992

Baseball’s highest honor is induction into the sport’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Umpire Bill McGowan received that distinction when the Veterans Committee selected him in 1992. He was chosen by the committee along with back-to-back MVP, pitcher Hal Newhouser. The writers add

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