Jocko Conlan

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John Bertrand Conlan

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1974

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Jocko Conlan played a couple of seasons as an outfielder with the Chicago White Sox but was inducted into the Hall of Fame as an umpire.

Conlan played most of his career in the upper minors and was going to retire but the White Sox needed him in 1934 due to injuries to their outfielders. He got into 128 games with the White Sox, beginning at age 34. During his minor league career he was known as "John Conlan."

He got his start as an umpire in 1935 when umpire Red Ormsby suffered heat prostration during a doubleheader in St. Louis. Conlan was sitting out the game with a sprained thumb and he officiated the second game in his White Sox uniform. Conlan went down to the New York-Penn League as an umpire from 1936 to 1937, then served in the American Association from 1938 to 1940. Conlan worked the National League from 1941 to 1965 (serving 15 games as a substitute umpire in 1965).

The book Jocko, by Jocko Conlan and Robert W. Creamer, appeared in 1997 and is either based on or is a reproduction of a book that appeared in the 1960s.

He got his nickname from a player named Jocko Conlon. Conlan was often confused for Conlon.

Jocko's son John went to Harvard Law School, was a college professor and served as an Arizona Congressman in the 1970s.

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