Babe Pinelli's umpire rookie year of 1935 he was told that he should not call a strike on "Babe" Ruth! When a close pitch went by that Ruth didn't swing at he deemed it a strike and so called it! "Babe" Ruth turned to the him and said "There's forty thousand people in this park that know that was a ball tomato-head!"! He replied calmly "Perhaps but mine is the only opinion that counts."! Ruth had no answer for that!
Babe pinelli's final game as a home plate umpire provided an extraordinary capstone to his career. He was behind the plate for Don Larsen's perfect Game 5 in the 1956 World Series! He was behind the plate for Don Larsen's perfect Game 5 in the 1956 World Series!