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Umpire Ed Hurley on Whats My Line American League baseball umpire Ed Hurley appeared as a challenger on What's My Line in this episode from October 4, 1953. In the early days of What's My Line, the panelists were each permitted a 'free guess' as to what the contestant's occupation was. Even though Hurley signed in with the alias 'John Doe,' Dorothy Kilgallen correctly guessed Hurley's job. (Hurley relates a funny story about an incident that occurred that day in the fifth game of the World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.)
Tags: Ed  Hurley  baseball  umpire  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 10th May 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-05-10 
You've got to admit, this guy just looks like a stereotypical baseball umpire.

Ed Hurley was the umpire who was behind th plate on August 19, 1951 when the St. Louis Browns sent the midget pinch hitter, Eddie Gaedel, to the plate.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-05-10 
Ed Hurley's last game was Game 7 of the 1965 World Series. He was forced to retire after the 1965 season because he had reached the age of 55. In those days, that was the maximum age for major league umpires. He sued Major League Baseball to try to get his job back. He lost. Hurley died in 1969.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-11-25 
Apparently there are only five known occasions when challengers on What's My Line had their occupations correctly guessed during the time when the 'free guess' was allowed. This is one of them.

The 'free guess' detracted from the game, in my opinion. I suppose that's why it was eventually dropped.
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