Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1953
Colorful and flamboyant, Bill Klem brought dignity and respect to his profession. Known as The Old Arbitrator, he umpired almost exclusively behind the plate his first 16 years because of his superior ability on balls and strikes. He also was among the originators of arm signals to coincide with his calls. Proof positive of his skill and universal respect were his 18 World Series assignments. He umpired from 1905 to 1941 and then served as chief of National League umpires.