Doug Harvey umpired his first Major League game on April 10, 1962 and went on to umpire for an incredible 31 seasons from 1962 to 1992. At the time of his retirement he was ranked third all time for number of regular season games umpired with 4,673. He served as crew chief for 18 seasons and umpired in nine National League Championship Series, six All-Star Games, and five World Series. As well as his impressive statistics as a baseball umpire, Harvey also spent six seasons as a professional basketball referee.
-Michael Rinehart Jr.
Harvey’s nickname was “God,” not only because he was such a commanding presence, but also because he was rarely wrong.