Lee Ballanfant

A respected NL umpire for 22 years, Ballanfant had his most embarrassing moment in the heat of the 1940 pennant race. In the first inning of an important game between the Dodgers and Cardinals, he got in the way of a ball thrown to first base, preventing the Dodgers from completing an apparent double play. The ball remained in play, over the protests of the irate Dodgers.