Conlan, Jocko

John Bertrand Conlan
Born: December 6, 1899, Chicago, Illinois
Died: April 16, 1989, Scottsdale, Arizona
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.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that a decade before he umpired his first major league game, Jocko Conlan became a New York state licensed boxing referee?
I know of no one who has been more dedicated to his profession, more loyal to the game in which he has been such a big party, and I hate to see him hang up his spikes.
Warren Giles