Gerald Joseph Crawford (born August 13, 1947) is a former umpire in Major League Baseball. He first umpired in the National League from 1977 to 1999, then worked in both major leagues from 2000 to 2010.
Crawford in 2009
|Occupation||Former MLB umpire|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
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He was a crew chief from 1998 through 2010. He is the brother of National Basketball Association (NBA) referee Joe Crawford and the son of former major league umpire Shag Crawford. He wore number 2, the same number that his father wore at the end of his career (except from 1996–1999, he wore number 40 after the National League retired the number 2 for Hall-of-Fame umpire Jocko Conlan. Crawford regained the number 2 after the NL and AL umpiring staffs were unified in 2000).
He worked in the playoffs 18 times, including every season from 1998 through 2006. He appeared in five World Series (1988, 1992, 1998, 2000, and 2002), serving as crew chief in 1992 and 2002; twelve League Championship Series (1980, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2006), with all but the last two being in the NL; and five Division Series (1981, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2010). His 11th appearance in the League Championship Series in 2005 broke the record he had previously shared with Bruce Froemming. He also umpired in the All-Star Game in 1989 and was the home plate umpire for the 2006 All-Star Game. On May 23, 2002, Crawford was the second base umpire for Shawn Green's four-homer game. He was at third when Carlos Delgado hit four homers on September 25, 2003. As his father worked the first game at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium on April 10, 1971 at home plate, Crawford worked home plate in the last game at "The Vet" on September 28, 2003 and repeated the honors when Citizens Bank Park opened April 12, 2004.
Crawford was the president of the Major League Umpires Association in 1999 when the umpires attempted a mass-resignation strategy. The strategy was unsuccessful. While Crawford kept his job, 22 umpires' resignations were accepted. Some have since regained their major league positions, others have been promised a position as soon as a vacancy occurs, and some were offered settlements that did not include a return to the field. Out of loyalty to his best friend, MLUA Executive Director Richie Phillips and his fellow NL umpires who were terminated by MLB, he did not join the World Umpires Association, the successor umpires union to MLUA.
- Major league profile
- "Box Score of Four Home Run Game by Shawn Green". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
- "Tampa Bay Devil Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays September 25, 2003 Box Score". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 8 May 2012.