Tony Venzon

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Tony Venzon
Antonio Venzon

(1915-06-04)June 4, 1915
DiedSeptember 20, 1971(1971-09-20) (aged 56)
Occupation Umpire
Years active1957-1971
Employer National League
Spouse(s)Kay Phillips

Anthony Venzon (June 4, 1915 – September 20, 1971) was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the National League (NL) from 1957 to 1971. Venzon umpired 2,226 major league games. He umpired in three World Series and three All-Star Games.



Anthony Venzon was born in Thurber, Texas on June 4, 1915. His family later relocated to Pennsylvania and he attended Muhlenberg College. [1] Venzon played in the minor leagues from 1937 to 1940 as an outfielder. [2] He served in World War II and then umpired minor league baseball for seven seasons before being called up to the NL in 1957. [3] NL veteran umpire Artie Gore was dismissed to make room for Venzon and Ken Burkhart. [4]

Venzon umpired 2,226 games between 1957 and 1971. He worked as home plate umpire during four MLB no-hit games between 1960 and 1970. [5] He umpired in the 1963, 1965 and 1970 World Series. He also called the 1959, 1962, and 1969 All-Star Games. [6]

Venzon was home plate umpire when Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates threw a no-hitter vs. the San Diego Padres in the first game of a June 12, 1970 doubleheader. Ellis claimed to be under the influence of the psychedelic drug LSD while pitching. [7]

Venzon died in September 1971 after open heart surgery in Pennsylvania. He had been out of baseball with health problems since that April. [3]

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