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Jerry Parker Dale (born April 3, 1933) is a former professional baseball umpire who worked in the National League from 1970 to 1985, wearing uniform number 3 for most of his career, and the last NL umpire to wear number 3 as it was retired for Hall-of-Fame umpire Al Barlick. Dale umpired 1,987 major league games in his 16-year career. He umpired in one World Series (1977), two All-Star Games (1972 and 1980, three National League Championship Series (1973, 1976 and 1979), and the 1981 National League Division Series.[1]

Jerry Dale
Jerry Parker Dale

(1933-04-03) April 3, 1933 (age 86)
Years active1969-1985
EmployerNational League

On April 25, 1985, Dale was released from the National League due to a knee injury. In May of that year, Dale filed a federal suit against the Major League Umpires Association, targeting Richie Phillips, the union's legal counsel and negotiator. Dale alleged that Phillips failed to respond to numerous attempts to acquire the union's legal and financial data. The suit also challenged the legality of a $120,000 assessment taken from the umpires after the 1984 World Series, with Dale claiming that the umpires had not given consent.[2] Dale also appealed his dismissal from the NL in 1986, and won a disability settlement.[3]

Dale was the home plate umpire for Rick Wise's no-hitter on June 25, 1971. [4]

After his umpiring career ended, Dale became an adjunct professor of business and social science at Maryville College, Tennessee, as well as an African safari tour guide[5]

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  1. ^ Retrosheet
  2. ^ Holtzman, Jerome (12 May 1985). "Ex-umpire Takes His Union To Court". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  3. ^ Marantz, Steve (18 December 1995). "It's time to thin baseball's plump blue line". The Sporting News. Retrieved 23 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
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  5. ^ Wulf, Steve (4 June 1990). "Yer-r-r-r-r Out Of Line!". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 23 June 2012.

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