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Joseph Norbert Brinkman (born April 9, 1944 in Little Falls, Minnesota) is a former umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1973 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues from 2000 until his retirement during the 2006 season. His retirement was announced on August 22, 2006 (Charlotte Observer). Bob Davidson will take Brinkman's place. is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Little Falls is a city located in Morrison County, Minnesota. ... Home plate umpire Gary Darling signals that the last pitch was a strike In baseball, the umpire is the person charged with officiating the game, including beginning and ending the game, enforcing the rules of the game and the grounds, making judgment calls on plays, and meting out discipline. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... 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. ... Robert Allan Davidson (born August 3, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional umpire. ...

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Career

His 34 years of umpiring AL games surpassed the record set by Larry Barnett (1968-1999). Brinkman umpired in three World Series: 1978, 1986, 1995. He also officiated in 5 American League Championship Series (1976, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1997), and in 3 All-Star games (1977, 1991, 1996), calling balls and strikes in 1991. He worked the Division Series in 1981, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2005. He served as the crew chief for the ALCS in 1976, 1987 and 1997, becoming the fourth AL umpire to do so three times, and also for the 2005 NLDS. Lawrence Robert Barnett (born January 3, 1945 in Nitro, West Virginia) is a former umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1969 to 1999 before becoming the major leagues supervisor of umpires in 2000-2001. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... 1978 World Series Logo The 1978 World Series matched the defending champion New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rematch of the 1977 Series, with the Yankees winning in six games to repeat as champions. ... Dates October 18, 1986–October 25, 1986 MVP Ray Knight (New York) Television network NBC Announcers Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola Umpires John Kibler (NL), Jim Evans (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Joe Brinkman (AL), Ed Montague (NL), Dale Ford (AL) The 1986 World Series, the 83rd playing of the modern championship... Dates October 21, 1995–October 28, 1995 MVP Tom Glavine (Atlanta) Television network ABC Games 1, 4, and 5, NBC Games 2, 3, and 6 Announcers ABC: Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, and Tim McCarver NBC: Bob Costas, Joe Morgan, and Bob Uecker Umpires Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Joe Brinkman (AL), Bruce... In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS), played in October, is a playoff round that determines the winner of the American League pennant. ... The 1976 American League Championship Series was won by the New York Yankees, who defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2. ... The 1980 American League Championship Series faced the 97-65 Kansas City Royals against the team that had defeated them three straight years in the ALCS from 1976-1978, the 103-59 New York Yankees. ... The 1987 American League Championship Series pitted the Minnesota Twins, the AL West champions, against the Detroit Tigers, the AL East champions. ... The 1992 American League Championship Series was played between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics from October 7 to October 14, 1992. ... The 1997 American League Championship Series pitted the Cleveland Indians, who won coming back against the New York Yankees in the 1997 AL Division Series, and the Baltimore Orioles, who went wire-to-wire and beat the Seattle Mariners in the Division Series. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer 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 respective managers (from the previous years World... The 1981 American League Division Series matched the Oakland Athletics against the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees against the Milwaukee Brewers to determine the winners of the two divisions. ... The 1995 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 1995 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three AL divisions – along with a wild card team – participating in two best-of-five series. ... // New York Yankees vs. ... New York Yankees vs. ... The 2004 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2004 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 5, and ended on Monday, October 11, with the champions of the three NL divisions – along with a wild card team – participating in two best-of-five series. ... The 2005 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2005 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 4, and ended on Sunday, October 9, with the champions of the three NL divisions – along with a wild card team – participating in two best-of-five series. ...


Pine Tar Game

Brinkman was also the crew chief for the Pine Tar Game between the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees on July 24, 1983. In that game, George Brett of the Royals hit a two-run home run off of Yankees reliever Goose Gossage in the ninth inning, but home plate umpire Tim McClelland, after conferring with Brinkman, found that the pine tar on Brett's bat exceeded the allowed limit of 18 inches, and Brett was called out. Brett immediately ran out of the dugout toward the umpires to vehemently dispute the call. American League president Lee MacPhail later overturned the umpires' ruling upon a protest by the Royals, and the home run was restored. The game was resumed on August 18, but Brinkman and his crew were not present. Brinkman had provided a sworn affadavit stating that Brett and baserunner U. L. Washington had touched all the bases, anticipating appeal plays by Yankees manager Billy Martin to state that the runners missed at least one base. Dave Phillips, the crew chief of the umpiring crew that was at Yankee Stadium when the game resumed, showed Martin a copy of the affadavit. George Howard Brett (born May 15, 1953 in Glen Dale, West Virginia near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former American baseball player. ... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Other nicknames The Boys in Blue Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 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... is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1983 throughout the world. ... George Howard Brett (born May 15, 1953 in Glen Dale, West Virginia) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Royals. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... Richard Michael Goose Gossage (born July 5, 1951 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played 21 seasons for nine different teams before retiring in 1994. ... Timothy Reid McClelland (born December 12, 1951 in Jackson, Michigan) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the American League from 1983 to 1999 and throughout both leagues since 2000. ... Pine tar is produced by a process called destructive distillation of the wood from a pine tree. ... Leland Stanford MacPhail, Jr. ... is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... An affidavit is a formal sworn statement of fact, written down, signed, and witnessed (as to the veracity of the signature) by a taker of oaths, such as a notary public. ... U. L. Washington (born October 27, 1953 in Stringtown, Oklahoma) was a Major League Baseball player from 1977 to 1987 for the Kansas City Royals, Montreal Expos, and Pittsburgh Pirates. ... Alfred Manuel Billy Martin (May 16, 1928 – December 25, 1989) was an American second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball who was best known as the manager of the New York Yankees five different times. ... This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ...


1998 ALDS

On September 30, 1998, Joe Brinkman worked behind the plate for Game 2 of the 1998 American League Division Series. An argument ensued over 3 pitches in the first inning to leadoff hitter Darren Lewis. Brinkman claimed they were all low; however, Dwight "Doc" Gooden didn't agree, and then Cleveland Indians manager Mike Hargrove was ejected 3 pitches into the first inning. Later in the inning, Brinkman called Boston third baseman John Valentin safe at home when replays showed he was out. Brinkman ejected Gooden shortly after this play was made.


Uniform number

He wore uniform number 15 from the year the AL adopted uniform numbers in 1980, and kept the number when MLB took over supervision of a combined umpiring staff in 2000. He was the last active umpire to have worn the red blazers that were part of the AL's umpiring uniforms from 1973 through 1979. He likened the red coats to making AL umpires look like "a bunch of Captain Kangaroos" in cold weather. He was also the last umpire to have worn the outside chest protector favored by AL umpires until the league made new umpires wear the inside chest protector starting in 1977. Brinkman was not the last umpire to wear the "balloon" protector, having switched to the inside protector in the early 1980s. Captain Kangaroo was a childrens television series which aired weekday mornings on the American television network CBS from 1955 until 1984, then moved to the American Program Service (now American Public Television, Boston) to air syndicated reruns of past episodes in 1992. ...


Brinkman was well-known for his very delayed calls (while they changed from his 1995 finger point call to his 1998 fist call) and for kneeling far behind the catcher, unpopular compared to other umpires standing or kneeling right behind the catcher, some (including Tim McClelland) lightly touching the back of the catcher to determine where the catcher is squatting (over the plate or off a corner of the plate.)


Other information

For several years he operated the Joe Brinkman Umpire's School in Cocoa, Florida. Cocoa is a city located in Brevard County, Florida. ...


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Joe Brinkman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (478 words)
Joseph Norbert Brinkman (born April 9, 1944 in Little Falls, Minnesota) is a former umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1973 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues from 2000 until his retirement during the 2006 season.
Brinkman was also the crew chief for the Pine Tar Game between the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees on July 24, 1983.
Brinkman had provided a sworn affadavit stating that Brett and baserunner U.
A game of brinkman-ship (695 words)
Hart was furious with Brinkman for challenging Gooden in the first inning, a confrontation that led to Hargrove's ejection.
 Brinkman and his crew won't be at Fenway Park this afternoon for Game 3; they'll be working the games in Texas.
Brinkman will be back in Cleveland if there is a fifth game.
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