2008 SP Legendary Cuts Jocko Conlan Auto 18/43

2008 SP Legendary Cuts
Headliners and Heroes
Jocko Conlan Auto S#'d 18/43
card # HH-JC

John Bertrand "Jocko" Conlan (December 6, 1899 — April 16, 1989) was an American Hall of Fame umpire who worked in the National League from 1941 to 1965. He previously had a brief career as an outfielder with the Chicago White Sox .

Born in Chicago, Illinois , Conlan began his major league career in 1934 as a center fielder for the Chicago White Sox . In 1935 , however, Conlan was presented with an unusual opportunity. During a game against the St. Louis Browns , umpire Red Ormsby fell ill due to the heat. In those days, only two umpires covered typical regular-season games, and a player with a reputation for honesty might be pressed into service if one umpire became incapacitated. Conlan was asked to fill in, and took to it well. The following year Conlan made the transition from player to umpire complete, beginning in the minor leagues.

Conlan umpired in the National League from 1941 to 1965, [1 ] officiating in five World Series ( 1945 , 1950 , 1954 , 1957 and 1961 ) and six All-Star Games (1943, 1947, 1950, 1953, 1958 and 1962). He also umpired in the playoff series to decide the NL's regular-season champions in 1951 , 1959 and 1962 (some sources erroneously credit him with umpiring in the 1946 NL playoff as well)
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