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Jocko Conlan, a Hall of Fame umpire...

Jocko Conlan, a Hall of Fame umpire best known for his battles with manager Leo Durocher, died at the age of 89 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Cause of death was not disclosed.

Born John Bertrand Conlan on Dec. 6, 1899, Conlan spent more than 40 years in baseball, playing in the major leagues for the Chicago White Sox. He was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1974, the fourth umpire to be so honored.

One of the most famous disputes involving Conlan occurred when Durocher began kicking dirt on Conlan’s shoes during an argument. Conlan retaliated, kicking dirt on Durocher. Then Durocher kicked Conlan in the shins, so Conlan kicked him back.


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