- Was a Major League Baseball umpire for six seasons from 1966 to 1971 until a brain tumor cut short his career.
- Bon Air native was behind the plate for San Francisco Hall of Famer Willie Mays’ 600th homer in 1969.
- Was part of the umpiring crew in the 1970 All-Star Game that ended when Pete Rose ran over catcher Ray Fosse in the 12th inning at Riverfront Stadium.
- Was the first base umpire for the inaugural game played at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium on July 16, 1970 when the Pirates played the Reds.
- Had a 10-year career umpiring in the minor leagues prior to his major league call up.
- When he advanced to the majors, only 24 Major League umpires worked in the National League.