Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hall of Fame Signed Baseball - Al Barlick

My 107th baseball signed by a Hall of Famer is of former umpire, Al Barlick.

Barlick (b. 1915 - d. 1995) was highly regarded by players and managers of his era as being one of the all-time great umpires.  He was an NL umpire for 28 seasons (1940-43, 1946-55 and 1958 to 1971).  He missed the 1944 and 1945 seasons while serving in the Coast Guard during World War II and also missed the 1956 and 1957 seasons due to heart issues.  He officiated seven World Series and seven All Star games.

Barlick was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1989.

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