Former umpire John Hirschbeck joins the boys to talk about his lengthy big league career (including his most memorable games and run-ins with managers and players), the reason he got into the profession, that night in Mexico that led to him meeting his wife and how they’re now honoring the legacy of their late son through The Magic of Michael Foundation.
This is the conclusion of the great conversation with former American League and Major League Baseball Umpire John Hirschbeck. Last week, they discussed the sports memorabilia auction to benefit Hirschbeck's The Magic of Michael Foundation, in honor of his son Michael who passed away from a rare, neurological disease called adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). He lost his younger son John to the same disease in 1992.This week the story evolves into stories from Hirschbeck's illustrious career. He discusses his desire to not argue with umpires. The Roberto Alomar-spitting incident comes up. His friend, Jim Joyce's bad call in the Armando Galarraga near-perfect game in 2010, and his thoughts on MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. He also discusses his thoughts on launch-angle, the shift, and instant replay.The Magic of Baseball Auction from CollectibleXchange.com is underway and features a treasure-trove of memorabilia from John Hirschbeck's stellar career.
Former American League and Major League Baseball Umpire John Hirschbeck joins the show four years after his extraordinary umpiring career came to a close in the 2016 World Series between the Cubs and Indians. Hirschbeck was an American League umpire from 1984 to 1999. When Major League Baseball combined the two league umpires he continued as an MLB ump from 2000 to 2016. He's called five World Series, three All-Star Games, and over 15 other playoff series.Hirschbeck recently started a sports memorabilia auction to benefit Hirschbeck's The Magic of Michael Foundation, in honor of his son Michael who passed away from a rare, neurological disease called adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). He lost his younger son John to the same disease in 1992.The Magic of Baseball Auction from CollectibleXchange.com is underway and features a treasure-trove of memorabilia from John Hirschbeck's stellar career.This first half of this extended interview discusses his early years in the American League. He talks about the art of arguing with managers, and some of the nuances that he loves about baseball.They also talk about Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756th home run, as Seth was introduced to John that day in San Francisco.John also tells the story of his two sons and the rare ailment that claimed their lives.
Former MLB umpire John Hirschbeck joins Peter to talk about “The Magic Of Baseball Auction” benefitting “The Magic Of Michael Foundation” in honor of his late son Michael as well as his 34 year career in the big leagues.
Episode 23 - Take Me Out to the Ball Game - John Hirschbeck, Former MLB Umpire
Need to Know with Sam & John
In this episode, we discuss everything baseball with former Major League Baseball (MLB) umpire, John Hirschbeck. We chat about baseball nicknames, a behind the scenes discussion on being a MLB umpire, his home plate and crew chief experience for some of baseball’s monumental moments, and his most cherished on the field moment. We talk about the 2019 MLB All-Star Game hosted in Cleveland, Ohio. Our episode also highlights some of the adversity John and his family have overcome with the loss of two sons to adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). In memory of John and Michael, the Hirschbeck Family created the Magic of Michael Foundation whose mission is to inspire, empower, and provide hope to families enduring the “curveballs” of life.