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  Don Denkinger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Denkinger was assigned to work behind home plate umpire in Game 7, a move that further upset the Cardinals and manager Whitey Herzog.
Denkinger claimed that the letters continued on through 1987 (before Denkinger got into contact with Major League Baseball Security, who in return contacted the FBI), when the Cardinals were ramping up for another World Series appearance.
The breaking point for Denkinger was when he received a particularly menacing letter (with no return address) in which the writer tells that if he sees Denkinger in person, he would "blow him away" with a.357 Magnum.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Don_Denkinger   (1631 words)

 CNN/SI - Baseball MLB - Former umpire upset about firing as evaluator - Friday October 01, 1999 03:51 PM
Denkinger, who lives in Waterloo, has been fired as an umpire evaluator as part of another move by baseball to centralize control of the umps.
Denkinger retired from umpiring following the 1998 season after 30 years in the major leagues, then went to work evaluating major- and minor-league umpires.
Denkinger said he was told he would be paid for the remaining four years of his contract.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /baseball/mlb/news/1999/10/01/denkinger_upset_ap   (474 words)

 Don Denkinger | BaseballLibrary.com
A major-league umpire for 31 seasons, Denkinger is best remembered for being at the center of the most controversial play of the 1985 World Series.
Denkinger called the Royals' Jorge Orta safe at first on a grounder to the Cardinals' Jack Clark, but TV replays showed that the throw to pitcher Todd Worrell had beaten Orta to the bag.
Though infamous in St. Louis, Denkinger was a respected umpire who was served as an American League crew chief for many years.
www.baseballlibrary.com /baseballlibrary/ballplayers/D/Denkinger_Don.stm   (209 words)

 SLAM! American League Statistics
Citing a lingering knee injury that has twice required surgery, the 62-year-old Denkinger has informed the American League that he will be unable to continue a major-league career that began in 1969.
Denkinger will be remembered most for a call in Game Six of the 1985 World Series between Kansas City and St. Louis in which he called the Royals' Jorge Orta safe on a close play at first base in the ninth inning.
Denkinger worked the plate in the seventh game and ejected Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog and pitcher Joaquin Andujar.
www.canoe.ca /StatsBBA/BC-BBA-LGNS-DENKINGER-R.html   (241 words)

 Gladbrook Northern-Sun Print   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Don Denkinger, retired major league umpire, was featured speaker for the 85th annual Farm Bureau meeting.
Denkinger is a retired major league umpire and related numerous stories of his 30 years of working as an umpire.
Denkinger stated, "· it was a great career, great profession, considering the fact that only one half of one percent of all that go to umpire school ever get to the major leagues."
www.northernsunprint.com /NewsArchive/2003/September/19/news.html   (480 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Don Denkinger missed a call with the St. Louis Cardinals three outs from a victory in Game 6 that would have given the Cardinals the world championship.
Denkinger might not have won the World Series for the Royals, but that blown call cost the Cardinals dearly.
Denkinger, who otherwise was a good umpire, never lived down that one blown call.
www.knoxstudio.com /shns/story.cfm?pk=BBO-COOK-06-20-05&cat=AS   (756 words)

 USATODAY.com - Umps, refs less than perfect, so ease up   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The same spirit that once moved Ralph Branca to write a letter to Scott Norwood inspired Don Denkinger to place a phone call to Doug Eddings, scapegoat to scapegoat, ump to ump.
Denkinger declared Kansas City's Jorge Orta safe at first in a Game 6 played 20 years back, even though St. Louis' Todd Worrell had the ball in his glove and his foot on the bag before Orta touched down.
The fan whose sign read, "I thought Don Denkinger retired," should've taken her cue from Mike Scioscia, who realized what Charlie Weis did after the Bush push stole his happy ending: Officials don't lose games.
www.usatoday.com /sports/columnist/oconnor/2005-10-17-oconnor-umps_x.htm   (774 words)

 Matt Corbett on High school baseball: Men in bluehave writer seeing red - June 15, 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Denkinger — the major league umpire whose blown call on an easy play at first base cost the St. Louis Cardinals Game 6 (and subsequently Game 7) of the 1985 World Series — is that it’s a shared honor.
Just as Denkinger was never forced to admit that he made a mistake, and continued on as a major league umpire until 1998 despite his horrific call, there won’t be any repercussions for this crew.
But if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a call like that in a situation like that, it becomes pretty darn important to you.
www.dailyitem.com /archive/2005/0615/sports/stories/02sports.htm   (1074 words)

 This Great Game 1985: The Missouri Stakes
The bragging rights for 1985’s prize as the best in Missouri—and in the baseball world as a whole—would be determined through a controversial series of events over the final two games of the World Series, set off by an umpire’s blown call, capitalized upon by a team specializing all year in cardinal comebacks.
Denkinger’s incompetence would quickly be matched by that of the Cardinals’.
Denkinger, who had just ejected Herzog one pitch earlier, gave the thumb to Andujar—whose ensuing, manic charge toward the umpire was barely thwarted by Cardinal teammates.
www.thisgreatgame.com /1985.html   (2151 words)

 Who's To Blame?
The main aspects of the piece were Denkinger's belief that he made the right call, the doubt that crept in after he handled the argument and then met with then-commissioner Peter Ueberroth after the game, and the threats and hate mail that ensued shortly after.
Denkinger's life was even threatened by an unidentified person who was ostensibly a St. Louis fan.
Going back to Denkinger's case, the interview conducted with him was nothing short of powerful.
www.contractbud.com /?article=bsw_whostoblame&source=sidepanel   (883 words)

 Sports Illustrated: In the eye of the storm; vilified for a World Series call, ump Don Denkinger has remained calm.@ ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
In the eye of the storm; vilified for a World Series call, ump Don Denkinger has remained calm.
Don Denkinger (the name sound familiar?) is, by any accounting, a pillar of Waterloo, Iowa--a native of adjacent Cedar Falls where he was a star athlete in the '50s, a lifelong resident of the area, a popular restaurateur in town and a member of the Shrine, Rotary, Elks Club and Zion Lutheran Church.
The Denkingers have three bright and attractive daughters, Darcy, 20, Denise, 18, and Dana, 17, and a perky little...
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:4090082&refid=holomed_1   (242 words)

 1985 World Series - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog was ejected in Game 7 by the home plate umpire, Don Denkinger.
Denkinger had infamously and incorrectly called safe Jorge Orta at first base in Game 6.
"That's Whitey Herzog screaming at Don Denkinger!" - ABC Sports color commentator Tim McCarver talking about the Cardinal manager's frustrations with the home plate umpire in Game 7.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/1985_World_Series   (792 words)

 Rare Painting of Don Denkinger Making "The Call"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Denkinger also got mentioned as making the worst call of all time in a recent list of wrong calls.
The image showed Todd Worrell with the ball in his glove and his foot on first base, Jorge Orta still running up the first base line, a step or two before the base, and Don Denkinger behind the base, already making the "safe" signal.
Another rare piece of art related to the 1985 playoffs: a museum in California had a miniature model of Vince Coleman getting run over by the "killer tarp".
www.talkaboutbaseball.com /group/rec.sport.baseball/messages/579483.html   (375 words)

 Outcome of World Series shows that curse afflicts the Cardinals - Letters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
With three outs to go in the bottom of the ninth, first base umpire Don Denkinger called Royals pinch hitter Jorge Orta safe at first, even though replays and later Peter Uberroth, commissioner of baseball, showed that Orta should have been called out.
Denkinger's Curse then reared its ugly head as the Cardinals only scored one run in the final three games, leading to a series victory for the Braves.
The Cardinals were pitted against the NL West Champ Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, and if you thought Curt Schilling was at his best with a sutured ankle, take a look back and see his two best pitching performances in the playoffs in games one and five, eventually giving the Diamondbacks the series in five games.
www.trumanindex.com /media/paper607/news/2004/11/04/Letters/Outcome.Of.World.Series.Shows.That.Curse.Afflicts.The.Cardinals-792261.shtml   (632 words)

 The Whistle Blowers MAXIM ONLINE
Don Denkinger: Believe me, they’re not asking what restaurant you’re going to later.
Denkinger: The umpiring crew goes over every game in the locker room afterward, and we get visits from the head umpire.
Denkinger: You’re more emphatic on a called third strike than on a second strike because it’s more important.
www.maximonline.com /articles/index.aspx?a_id=558   (1550 words)

 War Liberal: Game Six, 1985 World Series
The controversial play -- the parallel to the fan deflecting the ball Tuesday -- was a play at first base where Jorge Orta, leading off the inning, appeared to be out but was called safe by umpire Don Denkinger.
While they blamed Denkinger, the simple fact is that most of the blame was squarely on the Cardinals' shoulders.
But just as the poor Cubs fan of Tuesday night was only one of many who shared the blame, the same goes for Denkinger in 1985.
www.bravesbeat.com /bravesjournal/warliberal/archives/2003/10/game_six_1985_w.html   (562 words)

So the subject of Don Denkinger, and whether he is to blame for the Cardinals losing the 1985 World Series is of some interest, and I was quite satisfied that an entire half hour had been devoted to my penultimate moment of adolescent fandom.
See, Cardinals fans would have you believe that the entire series was lost on Denkinger's famously blown call at first base in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 6 in Kansas City.
There was a lot of movement around the base by the fielders on the call, and perhaps Denkinger got confused.
blogs.salon.com /0001739/2005/09/01.html   (1309 words)

 Viva El Birdos :: denkinger, 20 years on
Psychology enters into every human endeavor and to deny that Denkinger's "How can he not see THAT?!" call affected the remainder of the inning is to deny reality.
So with that in mind, I blame Don Denkinger (and no, I never wrote him a letter, good, bad or otherwise) for the fact that I didn't graduate Magna Cum Laude from college.
I blame Denkinger for ripping my heart out that day, for keeping me from becoming a millionaire by my 30th birthday, for my wife getting fat and for my dog not being smart enough to get the bad guys.
www.vivaelbirdos.com /story/2005/5/20/3938/86105   (3073 words)

 Hey! Somebody's Gotta Like the Guy...
Despite this TV reporter's feeble attempt at humor, Don Denkinger was a very good umpire who will be best remembered by one call he got wrong.
To this day, some narrow minded baseball fans still insist that it was Don Denkinger that cost the Cardinals the Show Me Series of 1985.
Despite long and eventful careers, Don Denkinger, like Buckner and Smith, will be best remembered for one ominous moment in time.
www.stlsports.com /archives/archives98/hussondenkinger.html   (880 words)

 Steve Bartman Robs Hellions
Denkinger, the poor umpire the St. Louis fans blamed for losing the World Series in 1985.
Even Whitey Herzog the Manager of the St Louis Cards of that time said in his book that Don Denkinger was a very good umpire.
Don missed that call that night, but the Cards had plenty of chances to win that World Series.
www.nitevilla.net /forums/index.php?board=28;action=display;threadid=1225;start=0   (771 words)

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First base Umpire, Don Denkinger thought otherwise, "Safe!" He yelled.
Don Denkinger’s ninth-inning call had not only revived Kansas City; but seemingly it had also destroyed the St. Louis Cardinals, not to mention that chair what Joey had been usin’.
Both manager Whitey Herzog and reliever Joaquin Andujar were ejected in the fifth-inning when Andujar went after the home plate umpire, Don Denkinger.
www.madjacksports.com /articles6.shtml   (1698 words)

 Meet a Cardinals Fan: Michael Handshear - Columbia Missourian   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Denkinger was the umpire who made the infamous call at first base that went against the Cardinals in game six of the 1985 World Series.
The Cardinals began their storied history in 1892 and have won nine world championships and 15 pennants.
Although, it would be difficult to convince Don Denkinger of that.”
www.digmo.com /sports/print.php?ID=10256   (218 words)

 Starr: It’s Time for Instant Replay in Baseball - Newsweek Society - MSNBC.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Don Denkinger’s call at first in the 1985 World Series between cross-state rivals St. Louis and Kansas City is the umpiring equivalent of Bill Buckner’s infamous gaffe at first base one season later.
In the ninth inning of game 6, with the Cardinals three outs away from a championship, Denkinger called the Royals’ leadoff hitter, Jorge Orta, safe when he was clearly out by a full stride.
Denkinger remains the most reviled person in St. Louis sports history, though it must be admitted that baseball did survive.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/9611762/site/newsweek/page/2   (986 words)

 USA TODAY Latest news   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Don Denkinger's blown call at first base in the 1985 World Series was judged to be the worst umpire gaffe in postseason history in Week 8 of USATODAY.com's Head to Head survey.
Readers were asked to choose between Denkinger's call and Derek Jeter's fan-aided home run in the 1996 ALCS against Baltimore.
However, Denkinger called him safe and the Royals went on to plate two runs and force a Game 7.
www.usatoday.com /sports/baseball/hedwin08.htm   (299 words)

 My last post on baseball for the year... | Adventures in Business Communications   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
When he retired in 1998 at 62, Don Denkinger ended a 40-year umpiring career in Major League Baseball.
But one play made him an infamous boob in the eyes of millions of St. Louis Cardinals fans, who arguably have the farthest geographical reach in baseball emcompassing most of the entire Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions before expansion.
For a couple of years Denkinger got reams of hate mail from Cards fans all over the midwest because a couple of St. Louis radio DJs broadcast his address and phone number in Iowa.
adventures-in-business-communications.blogsite.com /public/item/105441?itemLink=open   (468 words)

 ESPN Classic - Cardinals get Royally screwed as KC rallies
Taking advantage of a blown call by first-base umpire Don Denkinger in the ninth inning, the Royals rally for a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals in Game 6 to even the World Series at three wins each.
When Denkinger calls Orta safe, St. Louis is singing the blues.
After Denkinger's mistake, Clark fails to catch a pop foul and the Royals go on to load the bases with one out.
espn.go.com /classic/s/moment001026cardsscrewed.html   (236 words)

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