Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1974
Jocko Conlan became an umpire by accident. When Red Ormsby was overcome by the heat while umpiring a 1935 game between the White Sox and Browns. Conlan, an outfielder with the Chisox, was asked to fill in. The following year he launched his new career. A polka-dot tie, balloon chest protector and quick grin became his trademarks. Conlan won the respect of players and managers alike with his hustle, accuracy and fairness. He also umpired in five World Series.