Back When There Was Baseball: Jake O’Donnell
Back When There Was Baseball

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Who is the only person to officiate All-Star games in both MLB and the NBA? We have him as our guest this week and his name is Jake O’Donnell. Jake is more noted for his outstanding NBA officiating career (1967-1995), but we are talking with Jake about his MLB umpiring career which spanned from 1967-1971. Jake was the second-base umpire in that momentous 1971 All-Star game held at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. He discusses Reggie Jackson’s monstrous home run along with being on the field with so many future Hall-of-Famers. Jake also was elected to umpire the 1971 ALCS between the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland A’s. Sit back and enjoy the ride that Jake takes us on in reliving baseball Back When There Was Baseball from his umpire’s perspective.