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Encyclopedia > Billy Evans
Billy Evans
Born Feb. 10, 1884
Died Jan. 23, 1956

William George Evans (February 10, 1884 - January 23, 1956) was an American umpire in Major League Baseball, working in the American League from 1906 to 1927. He later became a key front office person for three teams and president of the minor league Southern Association. In addition to his inside role in the sport, Evans authored countless articles, as well as a book, Umpiring from the Inside. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, the third umpire ever selected. Umpire Billy Evans Image from Baseball Hall of Fame This work is copyrighted. ... February 10 is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1884 (MDCCCLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Tuesday (click on link to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... January 23 is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-March January 3 - A group of investors, headed by shipbuilder George Steinbrenner, purchases the New York Yankees from CBS for $10 million. ...

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Formative years

Evans was born in Chicago, Illinois, but relocated with his family to Youngstown, Ohio after Evans' father accepted a management position at a Carnegie steel plant. Evans proved to be a standout athlete at Youngstown's Rayen School and went on to play football and baseball at Cornell. After two years, his law studies and college sports career came to a halt, however, with the sudden death of his father. Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Location within the state of Ohio Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio Counties Mahoning Mayor Jay Williams (I) Area    - City 34. ... Rayen High School is one of three traditional public high schools in the city of Youngstown, Ohio. ... Cornell redirects here. ...


Evans returned to Ohio and accepted a job as a sports reporter at the Youngstown Daily Vindicator. In 1904, while covering a baseball game between the local club and a team from Hermitage, Pennsylvania, Evans was approached by the manager of the Youngstown ball club, ex-major leaguer Marty Hogan, and asked to fill an umpire vacancy. His performance earned him a spot as a full-time league umpire. The following year, Evans received a spectacular career boost from another Youngstowner, ex-ballplayer Jimmy McAleer, who was so impressed with the young man's ability that he recommended Evans to American League president Ban Johnson. Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... The Vindicator is a daily newspaper serving the region surrounding Youngstown, Ohio. ... Year 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (see link for calendar). ... Hermitage is a city located in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. ... Martin Francis Hogan (October 25, 1869 - August 15, 1923) was an Anglo-American right fielder in major league baseball who played for the Cincinnati Reds (1894) and St. ... James Robert McAleer (July 10, 1864 - April 29, 1931) was an American center fielder and manager in Major League Baseball who spent the bulk of his fourteen-year professional playing career with the Cleveland Spiders. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Byron Bancroft Johnson (January 5, 1864 - March 28, 1931) was an American executive in Major League Baseball who served as the founder and first president of the American League. ...


Major league career

At 22 years of age, Evans was the youngest umpire in major league history; furthermore, he was among those very rare umpires who broke into the major leagues with no prior professional experience. He was an umpire for six World Series: 1909, 1912, 1915, 1917, 1919 and 1923. Working in an era during which most major league games used no more than two umpires (and sometimes only one), Evans single-handedly umpired seven double-headers in eight days during the 1907 season. He was the base umpire for Charlie Robertson's perfect game on April 30, 1922. For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The 1909 World Series featured the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers. ... In the 1912 World Series, the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Giants in 8 games. ... In the 1915 World Series, the Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies in 5 games. ... The Chicago White Sox beat the New York Giants in 6 games. ... The 1919 World Series was played between the Chicago White Sox of the American League and the Cincinnati Reds of the National League. ... The New York Yankees beat the New York Giants in 6 games. ... See also: 1906 in sports, 1908 in sports and the list of years in sports. ... Charles Culbertson Robertson (January 31, 1896 _ August 23, 1984) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Pitcher David Cone (left) of the New York Yankees reacting to the completion of his perfect game with catcher Joe Girardi on July 18, 1999. ...


Later years

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Evans retired from umpiring following the 1927 season to become the general manager of the Cleveland Indians. According to Baseball America, Evans was the first front-office executive of a major league team to be officially called a "general manager." For the next eight years, he served in that role until budget cuts forced him out in 1935. He soon found work as chief scout and head of the Boston Red Sox's farm system, but left on October 8, 1940 after the team sold future Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese to Brooklyn Dodgers over his objections. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 915 KB) Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, Feb. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... In Major League Baseball, the General Manager of a team typically controls player transactions and bears the primary responsibility on behalf of the ballclub during contract discussions with players. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Baseball America is an alternative Major League Baseball resource, with in-depth coverage of every level of the game and a particular focus on up-and-coming players. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... October 8 is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (282nd in leap years). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1940 throughout the world. ... Harold Henry Pee Wee Reese (July 23, 1918 - August 15, 1999) was an American professional baseball player who played for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1940 to 1958. ...


Shifting sports, Evans returned to Cleveland to become general manager of the Cleveland Rams for the 1941 season. Although the team struggled on the field, it was a financial success, but after failing to come to terms on a new contract, Evans left and spent the next year writing before accepting the position of league president of the Southern Association on December 3, 1942. City St. ... The Southern Association was a higher-level minor league in American organized baseball from 1902 through 1961. ... December 3 is the 337th (in leap years the 338th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ...


During his four years leading the league, the Association thrived despite many other leagues shutting down due to World War II. In his first year, attendance increased by nearly 300,000, and while it dipped slightly in 1944, the threshold of one million people attending league games was again reached the following year. Combatants Allied Powers: United Kingdom France Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Axis Powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Charles de Gaulle Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


On December 16, 1946, Evans accepted a contract offer from the Detroit Tigers to become their general manager. One of his first moves was dramatic--selling aging superstar Hank Greenberg to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Over the next four years, the team had two runnerup finishes to the New York Yankees, but after dropping in the standings during the 1951 season, Evans announced his resignation on July 28 in favor of Tiger legend Charlie Gehringer. December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium(1961-1999) a. ... For the insurance mogul nicknamed Hank Greenberg, see Maurice R. Greenberg Henry Benjamin Hank Greenberg (January 1, 1911 - September 4, 1986), nicknamed Hammerin Hank, was an American player in Major League Baseball. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,4,8,9,20,21,33,40 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882-1889) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers Stadium... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as Americans... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... July 28 is the 209th day (210th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 156 days remaining. ... Charles Leonard Gehringer (May 11, 1903 – January 21, 1993) was an American second baseman in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the Detroit Tigers (1924-1942). ...


Nearly a year later, Evans had unofficially retired, then was injured in an automobile accident in Monroe, Michigan. After recovering, he remained in good health until January 21, 1956, when he suffered a massive stroke while visiting his son in Miami, Florida. Evans died two days later at the age of 71. January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Miami redirects here. ...


External links

  • Baseball Hall of Fame
  • BaseballLibrary.com - biography and career highlights
  • http://bioproj.sabr.org/bioproj.cfm?a=v&v=1&pid=4203&bid=1222

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