|Born||John Leonsor Boake
September 24, 1841
|Died||July 22, 1912
|Spring Grove Cemetery|
|Parents||John and Elvira (Ball) Boake |
John Leonsor "J. L." Boake (September 24, 1841 - July 22, 1912) was a professional baseball umpire in the National Association who umpired his only game on May 4, 1871, which was the first game in professional baseball history. Boake was the home plate umpire when the Fort Wayne Kekiongas defeated the Cleveland Forest Citys, 2-0.
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