Jocko Conlan

Jocko Conlan autograph
Birthdate 12/6/1899
Death Date 4/1/1989
Debut Year 1934
Year of Induction 1974
Teams MLB, National League, White Sox
Positions Center Field, Umpire

After retiring as an Major League outfielder with the White Sox, Jocko Conlan went on to umpire five World Series and six All Star games.

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In the collection:

Jocko Conlan recalls Hall of Famers Leo Durocher, Bill Klem, and Billy Evans

Jocko Conlan recalls Hall of Famers Leo Durocher, Bill Klem, and Billy Evans

In this handwritten letter Jocko Conlan recalls the memorable kicking incident with the fiery Leo Durocher in of April, 1961. He also writes about the man who hired him at the start of his umpiring career, his mentor Hall of Fame umpire Bill Klem. Toward the end he briefly
Jocko Conlan lists his All Time White Sox team

Jocko Conlan lists his All Time White Sox team

Here’s a little history on Jocko Conlan. When umpire Red Ormsby was overcome by heat before a hot July game in 1935, Conlan took the field in his White Sox uniform and called his first game. “I can remember thinking that I didn’t want to show any favoritism to my own team,” Conlan would
Handwritten letter to George Brace

Handwritten letter to George Brace

In the collection is this handwritten letter to famed Chicago photographer George Brace in 1970. Conlan writes, “Please send me two 8×10 Kodacolor prints as I want to one for Mr. Giles and keep one.” Conlan was fond of National League president Warren Giles and the feeling was mutua

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