On October 8, 1956, New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen threw the only perfect game in World Series history against the Brooklyn Dodgers. But the story you have never heard, a story that, had it not happened the way it did, might have changed the very history of baseball is the story of the man in the mask and blue umpire suit standing behind the plate and Yankees catcher Yogi Berra. That man was Ralph “Babe” Pinelli.
Had it been any other umpire that day other than Pinelli, Larsen’s perfect game might never have happened, if not for how Pinelli grew up in early 20th Century San Francisco, how he overcame losing his father in the 1906 Quake, how he overcame his hot temper to become a major league baseball player and umpire.
Perfection’s Arbiter looks at the amazing life and career of Ralph “Babe” Pinelli, the man fate chose to be exactly where he needed to be on one of the game’s greatest days.