Charles Pfirman

Pfirman was the plate umpire in the 1934 All-Star Game when Carl Hubbell struck out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin in succession. Earlier, in the 1928 WS, he made a call on Ruth that was more to the Bambino’s liking. In the seventh inning of Game Four, Cardinal pitcher Willie Sherdel had apparently struck out Ruth, but Pfirman ruled he had done it with a “quick pitch,” legal at the time but illegal in the Series. Given a new life, Ruth connected for his third homer of the game.