John Kerin (umpire)

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John Kerin
Born John Patrick Kerin
March 3, 1875
Townsend, Massachusetts
Died March 16, 1946 (aged 71)
Nashua, New Hampshire
Occupation Umpire
Years active 1908-1910
Employer American League

John Patrick Kerin (March 3, 1875 - March 16, 1946) was an American professional baseball umpire. He umpired 265 American League games from 1908 to 1910.[1] Kerin also umpired in the Eastern League and the Southern League from 1911 to 1920.[2]

Umpiring career[edit]

Kerin spent several seasons in the New England League and Eastern League before his major league service.[3]

Notable games[edit]

After a September 1908 Chicago White Sox game, Kerin suffered a broken nose and was unconscious for a few minutes following a punch by an angry fan. The fan, attorney Robert Cantwell, was known locally for his defense of murder cases. Cantwell was later arrested for the assault.[4]


  1. ^ Retrosheet
  2. ^ Sportsing News umpire card
  3. ^ "Sacrifice Hits". The Pittsburgh Press. February 3, 1906. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Broke Umpire's Nose". The New York Times. October 1, 1908. Retrieved August 7, 2012.