April 6, 1996 |
With tears streaming down his cheeks, umpire Eric Gregg talked about his friend, John McSherry, at a memorial service in New York for the 51-year-old umpire who died on opening day in Cincinnati. "There was nobody like him," Gregg said. "When I went to umpires school in 1971, he picked me up at the airport. He had that big voice. He said, 'You must be Eric Gregg.' "I modeled myself after him. I tried to call balls and strikes like he did. He was the ideal umpire, a big man with a big voice."
April 6, 1996
I'm perplexed by the news media's invariable description of umpire John McSherry's sudden death as "tragic." The man was over 50, dangerously overweight and had concomitant health problems. He also died doing what he loved to do for decades. I don't understand the "tragedy" here. Are the rest of us not going to die, or suffer apparently so little in the process? BOB GORE Santa Monica I find it difficult to conjure up sympathy for John McSherry, who weighed 328 pounds (probably more)
April 2, 1996 |
The start of the National League baseball season was clouded Monday when veteran umpire John McSherry, 51, collapsed in the first inning of a game between the Cincinnati Reds and Montreal Expos at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium and died of a heart attack. McSherry, beginning his 25th National League season, was working behind the plate when he called time, waved for umpire Steve Rippley at first base, then turned and began walking toward a gate behind the plate.
April 28, 1993 |
Cancel that missing-persons report on Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, Tomas Sandstrom and Tony Granato. . . . The Kings will win most shootouts when these guys are on their game, and that is what happened Tuesday night in Calgary. . . . Unfortunately, the Flames will have the road-ice advantage Thursday at the Forum. . . . I could have sworn that was a rerun New York superstation WWOR showed Tuesday--an Orel Hershiser performance from 1988. . . .
July 20, 1991
This is in regard to the collapse of umpire John McSherry: Something should be done as to the condition and physical status of the major league umpires. We would not accept a player being as out of condition as some of these umpires are. These pillars, who are big parts in the game we love, seem to lumber and create a humorous image in a game where fitness is supposed to be accepted. B.L. THOMSEN Fawnskin, Calif.
October 2, 1990
Rich Garcia, Terry Cooney, John Hirschbeck, Larry McCoy, Vic Voltaggio and Jim Evans will umpire the American League playoffs, and Harry Wendelstedt, John McSherry, Dutch Rennert, Jerry Crawford, Gerry Davis and Paul Runge will work the National League playoffs.