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 Jim Honochick

Jim Honochick

Original Name George James
Birth
Oneida, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 10 Mar 1994 (aged 76)
Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Wescosville, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 8040540 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Umpire. He was forced to retire as a Minor League outfielder because of a sore arm. After serving as a Lieutenent in the United States Navy in World War II, he decided to give umpiring a try. In just a few short years he reached the majors where he was an American League umpire for 25 years. During his career he worked the World Series 6 times and the All Star game 4 times. A personal career highlight came in 1955 when he was the homeplate umpire for game 7 of the World Series when Johnny Podres and the Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees 2-0. He also umpired the New York Yankees game in 1961 when Roger Maris hit his 61st homerun. In the late 1970s, after retiring from baseball, he gained more mainstream fame for his self portrayal as a nearsighted umpire opposite former Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog Powell in a series of classic "Miller Lite" television commercials.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Decal
  • Added: 29 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8040540
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jim Honochick (19 Aug 1917–10 Mar 1994), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8040540, citing Resurrection Cemetery, Wescosville, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .