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Al Barlick

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A WWII Coast Guard veteran with a salty tongue, Barlick was firm and tough and demanded respect. He umpired a record seven All-Star Games, spanning four decades. He was the plate umpire in the 1970 game when Pete Rose flattened catcher Ray Fosse. A no-nonsense type, he stopped a game at Shea Stadium to have the coaching box rechalked and forfeited a game in Philadelphia when unruly fans hit him with a tomato and fellow ump Lee Ballanfant with a bottle. In 1949 his call of a trap by the Cubs’ Andy Pafko produced one of the shortest home runs in history. While Pafko argued the call, batter Rocky Nelson circled the bases for a 220-foot homer. (RTM)

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