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June 4, 1997 | LISA POLLAK, THE BALTIMORE SUN
The boy loves games of chance. He loves slot machines and playing cards and instant-win lottery tickets. He learned at an early age to count coins and to bet them. He learned in the hospital that money comes in get well cards. Michael Hirschbeck learned to play gin in the hospital, too. His father taught him, during the long weeks of waiting, between the chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant and seizures and pneumonia and days when he was too sick to even eat a cup of ice chips.
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February 6, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Major league umpire John Hirschbeck was given a 10-day suspension because of inappropriate comments. The penalty was announced Wednesday after the umpire met with Rob Manfred, executive vice president for labor relations in the commissioner's office. Hirschbeck got into a heated telephone conversation with Manfred last month and made personal threats against him. Hirschbeck was upset that an acquaintance was one of 26 baseball employees laid off Jan. 22.
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March 9, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
John Hirschbeck Jr., son of American League umpire John Hirschbeck has died at age 7, a year after being found to have adrenoleukodystrophy, an illness that strikes children and affects the metabolism.
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February 28, 2000 | From Associated Press
John Hirschbeck was elected Sunday as president of the World Umpires Association, the new union formed to represent major league baseball's umpires. Hirschbeck, an AL umpire for 17 years, was picked in Phoenix at the first meeting of the union, certified Thursday by the National Labor Relations Board. The certification meant the end of the old union and its chief, Richie Phillips, who tried to organize a mass resignation last season that led to 22 umpires losing jobs.
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October 6, 1996 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
Umpire John Hirschbeck broke his silence about the Roberto Alomar spitting incident Saturday, saying he forgives the Baltimore Orioles' all-star second baseman. In a prepared statement released to reporters after Baltimore's division series-clinching victory over Cleveland, Hirschbeck said: "It is time to bring closure to this matter. While the events of the past week have been difficult for me and my family and all who love baseball, I wish to publicly forgive Roberto Alomar for his actions.
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February 28, 2000 | From Associated Press
John Hirschbeck was elected Sunday as president of the World Umpires Association, the new union formed to represent major league baseball's umpires. Hirschbeck, an AL umpire for 17 years, was picked in Phoenix at the first meeting of the union, certified Thursday by the National Labor Relations Board. The certification meant the end of the old union and its chief, Richie Phillips, who tried to organize a mass resignation last season that led to 22 umpires losing jobs.
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October 6, 1999 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
The relationship between Roberto Alomar and umpire John Hirschbeck was understandably cool and distant after the ugly 1996 incident in which Alomar spit on Hirschbeck during an argument. "For a while it was 'Hello,' and that was it," Hirschbeck said. "We'd both go our separate ways." It remained that way for more than two years, until Hirschbeck and Alomar had some in-depth discussions earlier this season. A surprising thing evolved from those conversations: a friendship.
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October 12, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
The ruling that Omar Vizquel did not foul off a squeeze bunt attempt, which bounced off catcher Lenny Webster's glove and allowed Marquis Grissom to score the winning run in the 12th inning, wasn't Baltimore Manager Davey Johnson's only beef with home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck. "I asked for an appeal from the second-base umpire and didn't get it," Johnson said. "I was about ready to go crazy because [Hirschbeck] made the call and began walking off the field. Then he came back to hear me out."
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October 12, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marquis Grissom struck out four times and misplayed a critical ninth-inning fly ball, allowing the tying run to score, and Omar Vizquel botched a suicide squeeze play in the 12th. But don't think for a minute that fate didn't cast a warm smile on this Cleveland Indian pair Saturday.
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February 6, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Major league umpire John Hirschbeck was given a 10-day suspension because of inappropriate comments. The penalty was announced Wednesday after the umpire met with Rob Manfred, executive vice president for labor relations in the commissioner's office. Hirschbeck got into a heated telephone conversation with Manfred last month and made personal threats against him. Hirschbeck was upset that an acquaintance was one of 26 baseball employees laid off Jan. 22.
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October 6, 1999 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
The relationship between Roberto Alomar and umpire John Hirschbeck was understandably cool and distant after the ugly 1996 incident in which Alomar spit on Hirschbeck during an argument. "For a while it was 'Hello,' and that was it," Hirschbeck said. "We'd both go our separate ways." It remained that way for more than two years, until Hirschbeck and Alomar had some in-depth discussions earlier this season. A surprising thing evolved from those conversations: a friendship.
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February 28, 1999 | KEN ROSENTHAL, BALTIMORE SUN
Why did Roberto Alomar appear in such a funk last season? In the opinion of Eric Davis, it wasn't that Alomar disliked Manager Ray Miller. It wasn't that he was in the final year of his Orioles contract. It wasn't that he was frequently booed on the road. No, Davis said last week that the source of Alomar's discontent was his difficulties with American League umpires, who continue to seek retribution for his spitting on umpire John Hirschbeck in 1996.
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October 12, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
The ruling that Omar Vizquel did not foul off a squeeze bunt attempt, which bounced off catcher Lenny Webster's glove and allowed Marquis Grissom to score the winning run in the 12th inning, wasn't Baltimore Manager Davey Johnson's only beef with home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck. "I asked for an appeal from the second-base umpire and didn't get it," Johnson said. "I was about ready to go crazy because [Hirschbeck] made the call and began walking off the field. Then he came back to hear me out."
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October 12, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marquis Grissom struck out four times and misplayed a critical ninth-inning fly ball, allowing the tying run to score, and Omar Vizquel botched a suicide squeeze play in the 12th. But don't think for a minute that fate didn't cast a warm smile on this Cleveland Indian pair Saturday.
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October 5, 1997 | DAVID GINSBURG, ASSOCIATED PRESS
With a handshake on the field at Camden Yards last April, umpire John Hirschbeck and Orioles second baseman Roberto Alomar tried to end an ugly disagreement that profoundly affected both men and their sport. Yet it has become evident that the events of last Sept. 27, when Hirschbeck accepted the apology anyway, eager to put it all behind him. In their next public meeting, at Camden Yards on April 22, the men shook hands.
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June 4, 1997 | LISA POLLAK, THE BALTIMORE SUN
The boy loves games of chance. He loves slot machines and playing cards and instant-win lottery tickets. He learned at an early age to count coins and to bet them. He learned in the hospital that money comes in get well cards. Michael Hirschbeck learned to play gin in the hospital, too. His father taught him, during the long weeks of waiting, between the chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant and seizures and pneumonia and days when he was too sick to even eat a cup of ice chips.
NEWS
October 3, 1996
Poor sports: This week's Great Umpire Uprising began when Orioles player Roberto Alomar spat in the face of ump John Hirschbeck. Says Premiere Morning Sickness, "Although Hirschbeck claims the blob hit him in the face, replays show it was high and outside." Adds Mark Gonzales, "Had Hirschbeck responded the same way, it would have been a case of 'The Umpire Spits Back.' " New York City has started a quality-of-life hotline, which citizens can call to report crimes committed, trash heaved and flagrant loitering.
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April 3, 1987 | Jim Murray
It was a day that dawned for Pete Rose on nothing more important than a $20-million lawsuit. Pete thought the guy who served him was waiting for an autograph. Pete always was an optimist. It was no way to treat a legend. The guy who was suing him over a business deal gone sour, ex-teammate Pete Whisenant, is a mere 4,035 hits behind Pete in their careers. Pete Rose has more hits over 4,000--296--than Pete Whisenant has total, 221. But that was nothing.
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October 6, 1996 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
Umpire John Hirschbeck broke his silence about the Roberto Alomar spitting incident Saturday, saying he forgives the Baltimore Orioles' all-star second baseman. In a prepared statement released to reporters after Baltimore's division series-clinching victory over Cleveland, Hirschbeck said: "It is time to bring closure to this matter. While the events of the past week have been difficult for me and my family and all who love baseball, I wish to publicly forgive Roberto Alomar for his actions.
NEWS
October 3, 1996
Poor sports: This week's Great Umpire Uprising began when Orioles player Roberto Alomar spat in the face of ump John Hirschbeck. Says Premiere Morning Sickness, "Although Hirschbeck claims the blob hit him in the face, replays show it was high and outside." Adds Mark Gonzales, "Had Hirschbeck responded the same way, it would have been a case of 'The Umpire Spits Back.' " New York City has started a quality-of-life hotline, which citizens can call to report crimes committed, trash heaved and flagrant loitering.
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