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Tony Venzon, MLB umpire
Image from Laurens County Sports History site

Player: Venzon, Tony


Position: Umpire

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Image from The Sporting News (Umpire’s Card)


Anthony “The Pope” Venzon (b. June 4, 1915 in Thurber, TX – d. September 20, 1971 in Pittsburgh, PA) was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the National League (NL) from 1957 to 1971. He umpired in three World Series and three All-Star Games.

Anthony Venzon was born in Thurber, Texas on June 4, 1915. His family later relocated to Pennsylvania and he attended Muhlenberg College. Tony played in the minor leagues from 1937 to 1940 as an outfielder. He served in World War II and then umpired minor league baseball for seven seasons before being called up to the NL in 1957. NL veteran umpire Artie Gore was dismissed to make room for Venzon and Ken Burkhart.

He umpired 2,226 games between 1957 and 1971. He worked as home plate umpire during four MLB no-hit games between 1960 and 1970: Don Cardwell-Cubs-1960, Jim Maloney-Reds, 1965, Earl Wilson-Astros-1969, and Dock Ellis-Pirates-1970. He umpired in the 1963, 1965 and 1970 World Series. He also called the 1959, 1962, and 1969 All-Star Games.

Tony was home plate umpire when Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates threw a no-hitter vs. the San Diego Padres in the first game of a June 12, 1970 doubleheader. Ellis claimed to be under the influence of the psychedelic drug LSD while pitching.

Venzon died in September 1971 after open heart surgery in Pennsylvania. He had been out of baseball with health problems since that April.

(excerpted from Laurens County Sports HistoryCambria County Sports HoFBaseball AlmanacBR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


Image from Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame


Tony Venzon is part of the Military Service during Wartime Tour – go to the Next Stop


Tony is also part of the Umpires Tour – Go to the Next Stop

“The Pope” is part of the Great Italian American Player Nicknames Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Tony has no baseball cards at TCDB

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