Before Cal Hubbard began his Major League umpiring career in 1936, he played 9 seasons as a star tackle in the NFL as well as umpired in the minor leagues during football’s off-season. He spent 16 seasons officiating in the American League where he umpired in three All-Star games and four World Series. A hunting accident during the 1951 off-season led to an early retirement from umpiring, but the league hired him as an assistant supervisor and he eventually became the supervisor of umpires. When Hubbard was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976, he became a member of three sports hall of fames, including the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.
-Michael Rinehart Jr.
Hubbard’s impressive size and history as a football player meant that few challenged his calls, though he was also known for being a gentle and easy-going man.
September 16, 2016