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Encyclopedia > Jake O'Donnell
Jake O'Donnell, NBA referee
Jake O'Donnell, NBA referee

James Michael "Jake" O'Donnell (born January 25, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former sports official who worked as a National Basketball Association (NBA) referee for 28 seasons from 1967 to 1995, and also as an umpire in Major League Baseball for four seasons from 1968 to 1971. He is the only person to officiate All-Star games in both the major leagues and the NBA. Image File history File links Jakeodonnell. ... Image File history File links Jakeodonnell. ... January 25 is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... NBA redirects here. ... A referee is a person who has authority to make decisions about play in many sports. ... See also: 1966 in sports, other events of 1967, 1968 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Mario Andretti wins the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship — Richard Petty May 31-Indianapolis 500 — A.J. Foyt USAC Racing — A.J. Foyt won the season championship... See also: 1994 in sports, other events of 1995, 1996 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Sterling Marlin won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon CART racing - season championship won by Jacques Villeneuve Indianapolis 500 - Jacques Villeneuve. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1968 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 31 - The new Special Veterans Committee selects seven men for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame: former players Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, and executive George Weiss. ...


As a referee, O'Donnell officiated in 2,134 NBA games (a record held until February 2006 that was broken by Dick Bavetta), 279 playoff games, and the NBA Finals in 23 of his 28 seasons, which consisted of 39 games. In the NBA, he wore the uniform number 36 at the start of his career, then switched to number 11 at the start of the 1969-70 NBA season. O'Donnell was very respected by the players for his no-nonsense, flamboyant style, though his final game of his officiating career was marred by a controversial ejection of the Houston Rockets' Clyde Drexler in a 1995 playoff game against the Phoenix Suns when Drexler picked up two technical fouls after arguing with O'Donnell. This occurred after O'Donnell refused to shake hands at the tipoff with Drexler. Rumors swirled that O'Donnell had a feud with Drexler, and league officials certainly thought something was amiss because they suspended O'Donnell for the rest of the 1995 playoffs and wouldn't allow him to work the 1995 NBA Finals, ending a string of 23 consecutive appearances. Both O'Donnell and the NBA have denied the impression that this incident led to O'Donnell being forced out of the league. At the time, O'Donnell claimed there was no feud between him and Drexler, but in a 1996 ESPN interview, O'Donnell said, "I wouldn't give Clyde Drexler much leeway because of the way he reacted with me all the time. I thought at times he would give cheap shots to people, and I just would not allow it." 2006 in sports : January - February - March 28 February 2006 (Tuesday) Football (Soccer): England Under-21s defeat Norway Under-21 3-1 at the Madejski Stadium. ... Dick Bavetta Dick Bavetta is a professional basketball referee for the NBA. As of February 8, 2006, Bavetta had officiated 2,135 NBA games, giving him the record for most games officiated, on top of the record for most consecutive games officiated, as he never missed any games. ... Logo of NBA Finals The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association, played under a best-of-seven playoff format. ... The 1969-70 NBA Season was the 24th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Houston Rockets are a professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... In basketball, a technical foul is an infraction of the rules usually concerning unsportsmanlike non-contact behavior. ... The 1995 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1994-1995 NBA season. ... ESPN (an acronym for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...


He announced his retirement as an official in the NBA on December 7, 1995, just days after the league's referees agreed to return to work following a lockout to start the 1995-96 NBA season. December 7 is the 341st day (342nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the basketball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... A lockout is a work stoppage in which an employer prevents employees from working. ... The 1995-96 NBA season was the 50th season of the National Basketball Association, although the league didnt celebrate this anniversary until the following season. ...


As an umpire, O'Donnell's first game in the American League was September 17, 1968 between the Washington Senators and Cleveland Indians. During his short career in the majors, he worked 489 regular season games, the 1971 American League Championship Series between the Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland Athletics, and was the second base umpire in the 1971 All-Star Game at Tiger Stadium. This game was most notable for Reggie Jackson's home run off of the right-center field transformer. He was also the third base umpire for Jim Palmer's no-hitter on August 13, 1969. 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. ... September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1968 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26,34,42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Ballpark Ameriquest Field in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... This article is becoming very long. ... The 1971 American League Championship Series was a matchup between the Eastern Division Champion Baltimore Orioles and the Western Division Champion Oakland Athletics. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4,5,8,20,22,33 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... 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 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classicis 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 (the managers from the previous years... Tiger Stadium is a stadium located in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan. ... Reginald Martinez Jackson (born May 18, 1946), nicknamed Mr. ... James Alvin Palmer (born October 15, 1945 in New York, NY), best known as Jim Palmer and nicknamed Cakes, is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who played his entire career for the Baltimore Orioles (1965-1984). ... 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... August 13 is the 225th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (226th in leap years), with 140 days remaining. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1969 throughout the world. ...


O'Donnell currently resides in Roaring Gap, North Carolina, and has a son, Jim.


External links

  • PRO BASKETBALL;After 28 Years, Referee Retires NY Times
  • This postseason has become a game of gag.(NBA Report)(Column) The Sporting News
  • Retrosheet - baseball career

 
 

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