John Shulock

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John Shulock
Born John Richard Shulock
(1947-04-29) April 29, 1947 (age 71)
Lockport, New York
Occupation Former umpire
Years active 1979-1999 (AL), 2000-2002 (MLB)
Employer American League, Major League Baseball

John Richard Shulock (born April 29, 1947) is a former professional baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1979 to 1999 and throughout Major League Baseball between 2000 and 2002. Shulock wore number 29 when the AL adopted them for its umpires in 1980, and retained the number when the NL and AL umpire staffs merged in 2000. Shulock umpired 3,050 major league games in his 24-year career. He umpired in two World Series (1985 and 1992), two All-Star Games (1983 and 1994), four American League Championship Series (1988, 1993, 1998 and 2001), and two American League Division Series (1996 and 1999).[1]

Playing career[edit]

After earning fourteen varsity letters at Vero Beach High School in Florida, Shulock played minor league baseball in the Minnesota Twins organization.[2][3]

Umpiring career[edit]

1979 MLB umpire strike[edit]

Shulock was promoted to the American League as a replacement during the umpire strike that spanned the first seven weeks of the 1979 major league season. When the regular major league umpires returned to work, Shulock and seven other replacement umpires were retained in the major leagues. Crossing the picket lines would affect Shulock's relationships with MLB umpires for at least several years. "To this day, there are still hard feelings," American League crew chief Don Denkinger said in 1994. Backlash against Shulock may have been particularly harsh because he was felt to have enough talent to make the big leagues under non-strike conditions.[2]

Notable games[edit]

Shulock was the second base umpire for Nolan Ryan's sixth career no-hitter on June 11, 1990.[4]

In September 1999, Shulock was fined and suspended for three games following a confrontation with catcher Mike DeFelice during an Anaheim-Tampa Bay game. In the game's third inning, Shulock was struck in the mask by a fastball from pitcher Wilson Alvarez. Thinking that he was intentionally targeted by Alvarez and that DeFelice made no effort to catch the ball, Shulock charged toward the mound until he was intercepted by DeFelice. He was cited by league officials for display of temper, overly aggressive behavior and physical contact with DeFelice.[5] He was also disciplined for inappropriate public remarks when he told reporters, "I hope somebody smokes a line drive off [Alvarez's] head. I'll be the first to laugh."[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Retrosheet
  2. ^ a b Curry, Jack (December 23, 1994). "Two Umpires Still Aren't Allowed to Forget". The New York Times. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
  3. ^ Graham, Tim (July 29, 2017). "After 24-year ump career, Lockport native John Shulock mostly mum". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Box Score of Nolan Ryan No-Hitter (Sixth) Baseball Retrieved 14 June 2012
  5. ^ "John Shulock, AL Umpire, Is Suspended For 3 Games". The Philadelphia Inquirer. September 25, 1999. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
  6. ^ "Umpire Gets Suspension". Los Angeles Times. September 25, 1999. Retrieved May 22, 2017.

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