Hank O’Day go this start in big league baseball in 1884 as a pitcher with the American Association’s Toledo Blue Stockings. He played for 7 seasons, highlighted by his lone 20-win season in 1890. When his playing career was through, he had 73 wins, and 177 complete games. O’Day played three more season in the minors before retiring as a player.
O’Day returned to the NL as an umpire in 1895. So began a 30-year career that landed O’Day in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Along the way he officiated no-hitters in four different decades.
In 1920 he was part of the crew that worked the remarkable Game 5 of the World Series. The contest saw Elmer Smith slug the first grand slam in Series history and Bill Wambsganns complete the Fall Classic’s only unassisted triple play.
O’Day was the home plate umpire for no-hitters in four decades and also umpired the game in 1920 that featured the only unassisted triple play in World Series history – one of 10 World Series appearances.
One of the most respected men in the game, O’Day umpired a total of ten World Series – the second most in MLB history.
O’Day received baseball’s highest honor when he was inducted in 2013. Shown here is the Hall of Fame plaque featuring O’Day, one of nine umpires in Cooperstown.