Bill McGowan

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Inducted

This Delaware native started his baseball umpiring career on the Wilmington sandlots and went on to achieve 29 years service in the American League. Bill became a legend in his profession and
set a durability record of 2,541 games without missing an inning. He is a National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. Bill umpired eight World Series and four All-Star games. Gordon Cobbledick,
Cleveland Plain Dealer Sports Editor said, “In my time, Bill McGowan was the greatest umpire of them all”. Clark Griffith, Washington Senators owner said “Bill McGowan is the greatest baseball umpire
I have ever seen” and the ball players always said “Bill McGowan was the best umpire in the American League” per Art Daly, New York Times columnist.

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