Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1992
Bill McGowan was nearly an exception to the old adage that says fans don't pay to see the umpire. He introduced a colorful umpiring style with aggressive gestures that bordered on the pugnacious. Yet, he ejected very few players. His enthusiasm never waned over 30 American League seasons while his hustle and skill commanded the players' respect. He was an iron man among umpires - not missing an inning for 16 years (2,541 consecutive games).