Bill McGowan

William Aloysius McGowan
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1992
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Primary position: Umpire

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).

"I liked Bill to work the plate on games I pitched on the road. I'd always get a fair shake. "
John Ogden

Career stats

Year Inducted: 1992
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Position Played: Umpire
Birth place: Wilmington, Delaware
Birth year: 1896
Died: 1954, Silver Spring, Maryland