Cousins in 2009
|Occupation||Former MLB umpire|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
Derryl Cousins (born August 18, 1946) is a former umpire in Major League Baseball (MLB), who worked in the American League (AL) from 1979 to 1999, and umpired throughout both leagues from 2000 until his retirement following the 2012 season, ending his career as a crew chief.
Cousins was hired as a replacement umpire during the 1979 Major League Umpires Strike and was the last 1979 replacement umpire to officiate in the league at the time of his retirement.
Derryl Cousins was born in 1946 in California. He attended El Camino College. He played minor league baseball for several seasons before entering umpiring. He started playing as a catcher with the Statesville Tigers of the Western Carolinas League. In season of 1968 he played with the Rocky Mount Leafs of the Carolina League, then with the High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms. He made a comeback with the Reno Aces of the California League in 1970.
Cousins umpired in the World Series in 1988, 1999 and 2005. He also officiated in the All-Star Game in 1987, 1998 and 2008, and was behind the plate for the 2008 game at Yankee Stadium, which lasted a record 4 hours 50 minutes before ending in the 15th inning. He worked in seven League Championship Series (1985, 1989, 1995, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010), and in five Division Series (1997, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007). Cousins was promoted to crew chief for the 2008 season. He also officiated in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Cousins wore uniform number 13, starting when the AL adopted numbers in 1980 - after his retirement that number was used by Todd Tichenor. Since Cousins was called up to the AL during the 1979 umpires' strike, he was not allowed to join the Major League Umpires Association, the former umpires' union which was headed by Richie Phillips. He was a member of the World Umpires Association, the new collective bargaining union of MLB umpires since 2000. Cousins was the last umpire to have worn the American League's red blazer during its tenure in the AL (from 1973-1979), and also one of the few who wore the AL's red short-sleeved shirt in the late 1990s.
He was the home plate umpire for the final game of the 2009 World Baseball Classic.