Famous, not so famous, and infamous quotes about and by Umpires.
"Ideally, the umpire should combine the integrity of a Supreme Court judge, the physical agility of an acrobat, the endurance of Job and the imperturbability of Buddha."
~"The Villains in Blue," Time magazine, 25 August 1961
"We're supposed to be perfect our first day on the job and then show constant improvement."
~ Ed Vargo, major league baseball umpire
"I've never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes."
~ Leo Durocher
"It ain't nothin' till I call it."
~ Bill Klem, umpire
"Let's face it. Umpiring is not an easy or happy way to make a living. In the abuse they suffer, and the pay they get for it, you see an imbalance that can only be explained by their need to stay close to a game they can't resist."
~ Bob Uecker in Catcher in the Wry
"You argue with the umpire because there is nothing else you can do about it."
"Your job is to umpire for the ball and not the player."
"The first guy who lays a finger on this blind old man is fined fifty bucks!"
~ Gene Mauch, Montreal Expos Manager, when his players rushed the umpire to dispute a call.