Thomas Zacharias (baseball)

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Thomas Zacharias
BornThomas Zacharias
abt. 1860
Died March 30, 1892
Occupation Umpire
Years active 1890
Employer National League

Thomas Zacharias (abt. 1860 - March 30, 1892) was a professional baseball umpire.

Umpire (baseball) person charged with officiating a baseball game

In baseball, the umpire is the person charged with officiating the game, including beginning and ending the game, enforcing the rules of the game and the grounds, making judgment calls on plays, and handling the disciplinary actions. The term is often shortened to the colloquial form ump. They are also sometimes addressed as blue at lower levels due to the common color of the uniform worn by umpires. In professional baseball, the term blue is seldom used by players or managers, who instead call the umpire by name. Although games were often officiated by a sole umpire in the formative years of the sport, since the turn of the 20th century, officiating has been commonly divided among several umpires, who form the umpiring crew.



Zacharias umpired 52 National League games in 1890, 35 of them as the home plate umpire. Zacharias resigned in late June 1890, stating that he "would rather work in an iron-mill than umpire". [1] A few days before his resignation, loud protests from fans ensued after a call he made at a Philadelphia-Boston game. [2]

National League Baseball league, part of Major League Baseball

The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, known simply as the National League (NL), is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest current professional team sports league. Founded on February 2, 1876, to replace the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (NAPBBP) of 1871–1875,, the NL is sometimes called the Senior Circuit, in contrast to MLB's other league, the American League, which was founded 25 years later.

Though his date and place of birth are unknown, it is known that he died on March 30, 1892 in Homestead, Pennsylvania. [3] He was run over and killed by a freight train. [4]

Homestead, Pennsylvania Borough in Pennsylvania, United States

Homestead is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA, in the Monongahela River valley 7 miles (11 km) southeast of downtown Pittsburgh and directly across the river from the city limit line. The borough is known for the Homestead Strike of 1892, an important event in the history of labor relations in the United States. The population of Homestead was 3,165 at the 2010 census.

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The surname Zacharias, and various related forms, are derived from the Hebrew given name Zechariah People with this surname or its variants include:

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  1. Buffalo Express, June 30, 1890
  2. "Sports and Pastimes". Toronto Daily Mail. June 20, 1890. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  3. Retrosheet
  4. The New York Clipper Annual, 1893.