Barlick, Al

Albert Joseph Barlick
Born: April 2, 1915, Springfield, Illinois
Died: December 27, 1995, Springfield,
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1989

Relying upon a booming voice, decisive hand signals, and a superb knowledge of the rules, Al Barlick served as a National League umpire for more than three decades. With seven All-Star games and seven World Series assignments, Barlick developed a reputation for hustle, a stern demeanor and a strict, but fair, interpretation of the rules. Barlick was also active in the umpire's union and was a leader in their drive for better pay and respect.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that before his umpiring career, Al Barlick was a coal miner in his home town of Springfield, Illinois?
I think I earned the players' respect and that's the ultimate in life, isn't it? I didn't care if they liked me or disliked me, as long as I had their respect.