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. Events 1431 - Joan of Arc is handed over to the Bishop Pierre Cauchon. Year 1945 ( MCMXLV) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar Nitro is a city in West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. Most of the city lies in Kanawha County, with the remainder in Putnam County. 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 The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the American League ( AL) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in His 32 years of AL service surpassed the record held by Tommy Connolly (1901-31), which was tied by Barnett and Don Denkinger in 1998; through the 2005 season, Joe Brinkman has umpired AL games in 33 seasons, although the major league umpiring staffs were merged in 2000. Thomas Henry Connolly ( December 31, 1870 - April 28, 1961) was an English - American umpire in Major League Donald Anton Denkinger (ˈdɛŋkɨnˌdʒɝ born August 28 1936 in Cedar Falls Iowa) is a former Major League Baseball umpire 2005 Major League Baseball season Headline events of the year Chicago White Sox swept the Houston Astros to win the World Series Joseph Norbert Brinkman (born April 9 1944 in Little Falls Minnesota) is a former umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the Barnett officiated in 4 World Series: 1975, 1981, 1984 and 1990 (Games 1-2), serving as crew chief in 1981. For other events named "World Series" see World Series (disambiguation. The 1975 World Series was between the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds. The 1981 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking their third meeting in the Series in five years The 1984 World Series began on October 9 and ended on October 14. The 1990 World Series matched the defending champions and heavily-favored Oakland Athletics against the Cincinnati Reds, with the Reds sweeping the Series in four He also umpired in a record 7 American League Championship Series (1972, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1986, 1991, 1996), and in 4 All-Star games (1973, 1980, 1988, 1997), calling balls and strikes for the last contest. The American League Championship Series took place between October 7 and October 12 of. The American League Championship Series was won by the New York Yankees, who defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2 The American League Championship Series was a best-of-five series that pitted the Eastern Division champion Baltimore Orioles against the Western Division champion The American League Championship Series was played between the Milwaukee Brewers and the California Angels from October 5 to The 1986 American League Championship Series was a back-and-forth battle between the Boston Red Sox and the California Angels for the right to The 1991 American League Championship Series was played between the Minnesota Twins and the Toronto Blue Jays from October 8 to The 1996 American League Championship Series ( ALCS) the second round of the 1996 American League playoffs matched the Eastern Division champion 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 He wore uniform number 22 starting in 1980 when the AL adopted uniform numbers.
Perhaps the most controversial call of Barnett's career came in Game 3 of the 1975 World Series, in which he was working behind home plate. In the 10th inning, Cincinnati Reds hitter Ed Armbrister laid down a sacrifice bunt, and then collided with Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk who was trying to field the ball. The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati Ohio, USA Edison Rosanda "Ed" Armbrister (born July 4, 1948 Nassau Bahamas) is a former Outfielder in Major League Baseball who had The Boston Red Sox are a Professional baseball team based in Boston Massachusetts, and are the reigning (2007 World Series Champions. Carlton Ernest Fisk (born December 26 1947 in) is a former Major League Baseball Catcher who played for 24 years with the Boston Red Sox Fisk committed a throwing error on the play after colliding with Armbrister, which led to the Reds' winning run. Barnett declined to make an interference call on Armbrister, despite Boston's pleas. Barnett's failure to call an interference was criticized by some as wrong-headed and indefensible. NBC television broadcaster Curt Gowdy (a former Red Sox announcer) was particularly harsh in his comments, prompting threats to the network from Major League Baseball and ultimately leading NBC to drop Gowdy from its baseball coverage. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Curtis Edward Gowdy ( July 31 1919 – February 20 2006) was an American Sportscaster, well-known as the longtime "voice" Gowdy had been given the correct interpretation by NBC Radio Producer Jay Scott (who was a Triple-A fill-in umpire at the time as well), but chose not to use it. Barnett claimed he had received death threats on account of Gowdy's withering criticism.
It should be noted that Major League Baseball continues to this day to maintain that Barnett made the correct call. In fact, the Professional Baseball Umpires Corporation (the organization that oversees all minor league baseball umpires) instructs and teaches its umpires to make the same call as Barnett did should the same incident occur in a future game. Specifically, professional baseball has interpreted Rule 7. 09(l) as saying "a catcher trying to field a batted ball that remains in the immediate vicinity of the plate cannot be protected because of the right of the batter-runner to begin his advance to first. Barring an intentional action on the part of either player, contact in this instance is incidental, and is not interference. . . " (Jaksa/Roder Umpires' Manual, 1997 Edition. Pg. 57).
Prior to game two of the 1986 World Series, NBC did a feature on replays narrated by Bob Costas. The 1986 World Series pitted the New York Mets against the Boston Red Sox. Robert Quinlan "Bob" Costas (born March 22, 1952) is a Sportscaster, on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s One of the plays cited by Costas was the Armbrister play, and Barnett and Costas both insisted that Barnett had made the correct call, although Barnett declared, "You won't find many people in Boston who believe it was the right call. " Costas used the feature to condemn the suggested notion of instant replay to settle calls, noting that it was the "same kind of mentality that adds color to classic movies and calls it progress. For other uses of the term "Instant replay" see Instant replay (disambiguation. "
Barnett was also behind the plate for Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series, better known as the Jeffrey Maier game due to the 12-year-old spectator who reached over the right field fence to catch Derek Jeter's fly ball. The 1996 American League Championship Series ( ALCS) the second round of the 1996 American League playoffs matched the Eastern Division champion Jeffrey (Jeff Maier (born September 24, 1984) is best known for an incident as a young fan when he deflected a ball in play during Game 1 of the 1996 American Derek Sanderson Jeter (ˈʤitɚ born June 26 1974 is an American Major League Baseball player The play was ruled a home run by right field umpire Rich Garcia, who later admitted that the ruling was likely incorrect. Richard Raul Garcia (born May 22 1942 in Key West Florida) is a former umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from