Lawrence John Goetz
February 15, 1895
|Died||October 31, 1962 (aged 67)|
He then became a successful National League umpire from 1936 through the 1957 season, working in 3,218 games. Goetz was an umpire in the 1941, 1947, 1952 World Series, and was an alternate for the 1940 series as well as working the 1939 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He was one of the umpires in Norman Rockwell's famous painting Bottom of the Sixth, along with Beans Reardon and Lou Jorda.
He was known for being a strict disciplinarian and not taking arguments from players, and as a result he earned their respect.
He was dismissed in 1957 by National League President Warren Giles, having been inactive the previous season due to illness. The discharged arbitrator had been critical of the Senior Circuit because of the refusal by the league to include umpires in the retired players pension fund.
In his last years he served as a commentator for the Mutual Broadcasting Company and had made appearances on local Cincinnati radio programs. Goetz died in his native Cincinnati at the age of 67, following a heart attack. He was survived by his widow, Helen.
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