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Francis H. "Silk" O'Loughlin (1870 - December 20, 1918) was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1902 to 1918. He umpired in the World Series in 1906, 1909, 1912, 1915 and 1917, serving as crew chief for the last Series. 1870 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1918 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... 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. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... 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. ... See also: 1901 in sports, 1903 in sports and the list of years in sports. American Football January 1 - The first Rose Bowl game is played in Pasadena, California December 28 - The first indoor professional American football game is played in New York City at Madison Square Garden. ... See also: 1917 in sports, 1919 in sports and the list of years in sports. Football (Australian Rules) Victorian Football League - South Melbourne wins the 22nd VFL Premiership (South Melbourne 9. ... Jump to: navigation, search In baseball, the World Series is the championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, played in October after the end of the regular season between the pennant winner of the American League and the pennant winner of the National League. ... Jump to: navigation, search The 1906 World Series featured a crosstown matchup between the Chicago Cubs, who had posted the highest regular-season win total (116) in major league history, and the Chicago White Sox. ... The 1909 World Series featured the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers. ... The Boston Red Sox beat the New York Giants in 8 games. ... The Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies in 5 games. ... The Chicago White Sox beat the New York Giants in 6 games. ...


Born in Rochester, New York, O'Loughlin acquired his nickname as a child when neighbors commented on the fine quality of his hair. He entered baseball with the help of pitcher Stump Wiedman, a relative, and worked in the New York, Atlantic and Eastern Leagues from 1898 to 1901. His outstanding work brought him into the American League in 1902, and he proceeded to make his most lasting contribution to his profession by originating the loud exclamations signaling balls, strikes and outs; previously, umpires had simply informed the catcher or nearest defensive player of their call. He was particularly known for his booming call of "ball tuh" and his drawn-out strike calls, as well as his snappy calls of foul balls. O'Loughlin also used gestures to indicate the calls visually, and many observers recommended that the major leagues adopt them in the rules; the rules committee ultimately opted against formal adoption, but he continued to use his signals and to improve upon them. A portion of Rochesters skyline, looking north along the Genesee River from the Ford Street Bridge City nickname: The Flour City, The Flower City Location Location of Rochester in New York State Government Mayor Physical characteristics Area      Land      Water 96. ...


O'Loughlin umpired in a record 10 no-hitters during his brief career, a mark not broken until 2001. He was the base umpire for Addie Joss' perfect game on October 2, 1908, and on July 29, 1911 he became the last major league umpire to work a no-hitter singlehandedly when he called Smokey Joe Wood's gem. 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... Addie Joss, 1911 American Tobacco Company baseball card Adrian Joss (April 12, 1880 - April 14, 1911) was a Major League Baseball pitcher in the early 20th century. ... Since 1991, a perfect game has been defined by Major League Baseball as a game in which a pitcher pitches a complete game victory that lasts a minimum of nine innings and in which no opposition player reaches first base. ... See also: 1907 in sports, other events of 1908, 1909 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Baseball The Chicago Cubs defeat the Detroit Tigers, four games to one, in the World Series. ... See also: 1910 in sports, 1912 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing January 21 - The first Monte Carlo motor rally May 30 - At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first Indianapolis 500 ends with Ray Harroun becoming the first winner of the 500-mile auto race. ... Smokey Joe Wood (October 25, 1889 - July 27, 1985) was a Major League Baseball player for the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. ...


During offseasons, O'Loughlin worked for the Justice Department in the Boston District. Justice Department redirects here. ... The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction is comprised of the state of Massachusetts. ...


O'Loughlin contracted influenza during the 1918 epidemic, which also shortened the baseball season, and barely survived the illness; but it left him in a weakened condition, and he subsequently developed pneumonia. He died at his Boston apartment at age 48. The Spanish Flu Pandemic, also known as the Great Influenza Pandemic, the 1918 Flu Epidemic and La Grippe, was an unusually severe and deadly strain of avian influenza, a viral infectious disease, that killed some 25 million to 50 million people worldwide in 1918 and 1919. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1918 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs. ... Jump to: navigation, search City nickname: Beantown, The Hub (of the Solar System), Athens of America Location Location in Massachusetts Government Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Physical characteristics Area      Land      Water 89. ...


External links

  • Society for American Baseball Research
  • BaseballLibrary.com - career highlights
  • The Sporting News - photo and biography

 
 

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