Jocko Conlan knew no one cheers for umpires.
"Right or wrong, the umpire's always the villain," Conlan, who died Sunday at 89, once said in summing up his role on the field."That's the way it's been for 100 years and you learn to take it. Ballplayers do dumb things. Day in, day out, they throw to the wrong base. Nobody boos. We call a close one and 40,000 scream."
Conlan, a National League umpire for 24 years, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974, died at a local hospital. The cause of death was not announced.
Conlan once got into a celebrated kicking match with Leo Durocher. Upon news of Conlan's death, Durocher praised Conlan as "a fine umpire and a fine man."
Before umpiring, Conlan who played for 14 years, including two in the major leagues.