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Encyclopedia > Charlie Berry

Charles Francis Berry (October 18, 1902 - September 6, 1972) was an American athlete and sports official who enjoyed careers as a catcher and umpire in Major League Baseball and as an offensive end and official in the National Football League. His father, Charlie Sr., was a second baseman who played in the Union Association in 1884. October 18 is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years). ... 1902 (MCMII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... September 6 is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... An End in American football is a player that lines up at the very end of the line of scrimmage. ... In American football, an official is a person who has some responsibility in enforcing the rules and maintaining the order of the game. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... The position of the second baseman Second base redirects here. ... The Union Association was a league in Major League Baseball which lasted only for one season in 1884. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1884 throughout the world. ...

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Born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, Berry accomplished the rare feat of officiating in both the NFL and in the World Series. While in college as a star on the Lafayette team, he was named to the final Walter Camp All-America football team as an end in 1924. In 1925-26 he starred for the Pottsville Maroons of the NFL, leading the league in scoring in 1925 with 74 points. Map of Phillipsburg in Warren County Phillipsburg is a town located in Warren County, New Jersey, in the United States. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Lafayette College, located in Easton, Pennsylvania, United States, in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, is an independent, undergraduate, coeducational, residential institution. ... Walter Camp (April 7, 1859 – March 14, 1925) was a football coach known as the the Father of American Football. He is generally regarded as the inventor of the game and the most significant person in the history of American football. ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... The Pottsville Maroons played in the National Football League from 1925 to 1928. ... The 1925 NFL season was the 6th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Berry started his major league career with ten games for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1925, but didn't return to the majors until after his football career ended, playing for Portland and Dallas minor league teams in 1926-27. He also played for the Boston Red Sox (1928-32), Chicago White Sox (1932-33) and again with the Athletics (1934-36). He became an Athletics coach under manager Connie Mack from 1936 to 1940, making his last playing appearance in 1938. A right-handed hitter, he posted a .267 batting average with 23 home runs and 256 runs batted in in 709 major league games. At Mack's suggestion, he managed the Wilmington Blue Rocks (of which Mack was vice president) for the last half of the 1940 season, finishing second in the Interstate League, but was discouraged by Mack from pursuing his goal of a managing career due to the high turnover rate in the profession. In addition to his brief managing career, Berry was the football coach at Grove City College for five seasons in the 1930s. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9,27,34,43 Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1925 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,4,8,9,27 Name Boston Red Sox (1907–present) See Nicknames before Red Sox for disputed nicknames Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World Series... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) Current uniform Ballpark U.S. Cellular Field (1991-present) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 2005 â€¢ 1917 â€¢ 1906 AL Pennants (6) 2005 â€¢ 1959 â€¢ 1919 â€¢ 1917 1906 â€¢ 1901 Central Division titles (2) [1] 2005 â€¢ 2000 West Division titles (2... Connie Mack baseball card, 1910 Cornelius Alexander Mack (December 22, 1862 – February 8, 1956), born Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy, was an American professional baseball player, manager, and team owner. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1938 throughout the world. ... Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run scored by each runner who was already on base), with no errors by the defensive team on... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... The Interstate League was the name of five different American minor baseball leagues that played intermittently from 1896 through 1952. ... Grove City College Grove City College is a private liberal arts college in Grove City, Pennsylvania with a population of about 2,300 undergraduate students. ...


Following his playing and coaching career, Berry became an umpire in the American League from 1942 through 1962. He officiated in five World Series (1946, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962) and five All-Star Games (1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, second 1959 game), calling balls and strikes for the first half of the 1948 and 1956 games. He was the third base umpire for the one-game playoff to decide the 1948 AL pennant, and after becoming a league umpiring supervisor returned to the field for the first game of the 1970 American League Championship Series during an umpires' strike, working the outfield. On July 1, 1951 he was behind the plate when Bob Feller became the first pitcher to throw three no-hitters in the AL; Berry later worked the bases for four more no-hitters. At the same time, he was a head linesman for the NFL for 24 seasons, officiating in 12 championship games including the renowned "Sudden Death" championship game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants in 1958. In fact, he is the only man to have officiated the World Series, the NFL Championship and the College All-Star game in one year. 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. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The 1946 World Series of Major League Baseball was played in October, 1946 between the St. ... The 1950 World Series matched the defending champion New York Yankees against the Philadelphia Phillies. ... The 1954 World Series matched the National League champion New York Giants against the American League champion Cleveland Indians. ... In a rematch of the 1957 Series, the 1958 World Series matched the defending champion Milwaukee Braves against the New York Yankees. ... The 1962 World Series matched the defending champion New York Yankees against the San Francisco Giants, who had won their first NL pennant since moving from New York in 1958, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-game playoff. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic or Midsummer Night Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager for pitchers and... The following are the baseball events of the year 1948 throughout the world. ... The 1970 American League Championship Series was a match-up between the Eastern Division Champion Baltimore Orioles and the Western Division Champion Minnesota Twins. ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1951 throughout the world. ... Robert William Andrew Feller, nicknamed Rapid Robert, is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher and Hall of Famer. ... In baseball and softball, a no-hit game (more commonly known as a no-hitter) refers to a contest in which one of the teams has prevented the other from getting an official hit during the entire length of the game, which must be at least 9 innings by the... In American football, an official is a person who has some responsibility in enforcing the rules and maintaining the order of the game. ... The 1958 National Football League Championship Game was played on December 28, 1958 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Spike and Spirit Local radio Flagship stations: WFBQ (94. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, the Giants, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner The Mara and Tisch Families General manager Ernie Accorsi League/Conference affiliations National Football League... The 1958 NFL season was the 39th regular season of the National Football League. ...


He credited his success as an official to his attention to the rules, noting, "Every morning, right after I got up, I would open the rule book and read. I'd open the book at random and start reading a few pages. I did the same thing when I was in the NFL." While admitting his own general ignorance of the rules when he had been playing, he added, "All during my umpiring and officiating career I was astounded by the number of players who had only a casual acquaintance with the rules. And it caused a lot of needless trouble on the field."[1]


After retiring from umpiring in 1962, Berry also worked as an observer of NFL officials. He died of a heart attack in Evanston, Illinois at the age of 69, after suffering a stroke three months earlier. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980. Incorporated City in 1872. ... For other uses, see Stroke (disambiguation). ... The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is a hall of fame devoted to college football. ... See also: 1979 in sports, other events of 1980, 1981 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt Buddy Baker won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Johnny Rutherford won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Johnny Rutherford Formula One Champion - Alan...

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Trivia

  • Berry is well remembered for a collision with Babe Ruth which sent the slugger flying into the air. In 1931, during a game between the New York Yankees and the Red Sox, Ruth collided with Berry at home plate while trying to score on a sacrifice fly. Ruth was carried off the field at Fenway Park and taken to a hospital, and missed two weeks of play.
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George Herman Babe Ruth, Jr. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Yankee Stadium (1923-present) Major league titles World Series titles (26) 2000 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 1978 â€¢ 1977 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1961 1958 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1953 â€¢ 1952 1951 â€¢ 1950 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 1943 â€¢ 1941 â€¢ 1939 â€¢ 1938 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1932 â€¢ 1928 1927... Home plate is the final base in baseball and related games that a player must touch to score. ... In baseball, a batted ball is considered a sacrifice fly (denoted by SF) if the following four criteria are met: There are fewer than two outs. ... Fenway Park is the home ballpark for the Boston Red Sox baseball club. ...

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The following is a list of players, both past and current, who appeared at least in one game for the Boston Red Sox franchise, and also include players under protection on the 2005 40-man roster as listed on MLB.com. ... The following is a detailed history of the New York Giants professional American football team, a member of the National Football League (NFL). ...

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References

  1. ^ "Obituaries", The Sporting News, September 23, 1972.

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