Billy Evans

Billy Evans was an accomplished umpire in his 22 years in the American League from 1906 to 1927. He was working as a sportswriter for a semi-pro game in Youngstown, Ohio when he was called upon to fill in for an umpire who had failed to show up. On that day, at the young age of 19, Billy started his career as an umpire. Three years later, at twenty-two years old, he became the youngest umpire to reach the Major Leagues earning him nicknamed “The Boy Umpire”. Billy Evans went on to umpire in six World Series, including the ‘Black Sox Scandal’ in 1919.

-Michael Rinehart Jr.

 Evans continued to work as a writer during his entire major league umpiring career.  Once he left the field, he moved to the front office serving as the general manager of the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox, as well as the Cleveland Rams of the National Football League.

Billy Evans


August 8, 2011

Mayfield Heights, OH

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    On December 16, 1946, Evans accepted a contract offer from the Detroit Tigers to become their general manager. Shortly after Evans’ death, a former high school classmate, E. Allan Lightner, recalled that his late friend “was still the fine clean character that he was in his high school days in Youngstown”.

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