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Gene Barth (February 1, 1930 – October 11, 1991) was an American football official in the National Football League (NFL), who wore uniform number 14, which was later worn by Ron Winter, and now worn by Shawn Smith. He is most notable for being the referee in Super Bowl XVIII, played January 22, 1984.[1]


In addition to officiating in the NFL, Barth was the president of an oil company.[2]

Barth was born February 1, 1930 in St. Louis, Missouri. and died October 11, 1991 in St. Charles, Missouri. He graduated from Saint Louis University. He was president of Bonafide Oil Company, located in Hazzelwood, Missouri at 5735 Fee Fee Road, a family owned business. He participated in the St. Louis Senior Olympics, in 1989 and 1990.

NFL careerEdit

Barth began his career in the NFL as a line judge in 1971, then became a referee five years later, and lasted until after the 1990 season. He was selected to officiate Super Bowl XVIII as well as being chosen as an alternate for Super Bowl XXIII.[3]


  1. ^ "Gene F. Barth Dies; Was NFL Official For 20 Years", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 13, 1991, Edition: L5, Page: 14F
  2. ^ Moran, Malcolm (1987-01-25). "WILL INSTANT REPLAY TRIP THE REF?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-06.
  3. ^ "Cross Says He Is Going to Retire". The New York Times. 1989-01-19. Retrieved 2007-10-06.