After three months of discussion, the committee came up with a decision on several aspects of the series. The committee elected Bud Selig to announce live on the MLB Network that the umpiring crews for each of the games during the first round of the series would consist of:
1) Crew Chief Bill Dinneen
Ed Montague, Jim Honochick, Jerry Crawford, Paul Runge, and Joe West.
Bill Dinneen umpired in eight World Series and was placed on the Roll of Honor by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946. Dinneen is the only individual in baseball history to throw a no-hitter and call one as a plate umpire; he ended up calling five in his tenure as an umpire. Dinneen was the third base umpire during the game on June 23, 1917 in which Ernie Shore replaced Babe Ruth with no one out and a man on first in the first inning, after Ruth was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Brick Owens and striking Owens. Shore picked off the runner on first and went on to retire the next 26 batters he faced.
Ed Montague has umpired in five World Series and four All Star Games. He is only the fourth umpire to serve as crew chief for three World Series and three All Star Games. In 2004 he became the first umpire to work the plate during the entire All Star Game and work as crew chief for the World Series in the same season.
Jim Honochick umpired in six World Series and four All Star Games throughout his career. He called balls and strikes for three no-hitters, including Virgil Truck's first of two no-hitters in 1952. In 1971 Honochick declared that the Washington Senators forfeit their last game of the season due to a mob, furious that the franchise was relocating to Texas the following season, stormed the playing field with the Senators one out away from victory.
Jerry Crawford umpired in five World Series and one All Star Games during his tenure as umpire. He appeared in the most League Championship Series with 11. Crawford was the second base umpire on May 23, 2002 when Shawn Green hit four home runs and was third base umpire on September 25, 2003 when Carlos Delgado accomplished the same feat. Paul Runge officiated in four World Series and three All Star Games. He is the most accomplished umpire in Major League Baseball's only three-generation umpiring family. His father Ed and son Brian were also umpires for the MLB.
Runge was behind the plate during Game 5 of the 1984 World Series in which Kirk Gibson hit a homerun off of Goose Gossage to win the game and lead Detroit to a World Series championship.
Joe West has officiated three World Series and two All Star Games. He was on the field when Nolan Ryan threw his fifth no-hitter and when Willie McCovey hit his 500th homerun. West was also a part of the crew in game six of the ALCS between the Yankees and Red Sox in 2004. His crew ruled that Alex Rodriguez was out for interference after Rodriguez appeared to swat the ball out of the glove of opposing pitcher Bronson Arroyo on his way to first base.
1) Crew Chief Bill Klem
Bruce Froemming, Nestor Chylak, Bill Summers, Tim McClelland, and Cy Rigler.
Known as the "father of baseball umpires," Bill Klem worked a record 18 World Series and worked two All Star Games including the first All Star Game in 1933. Notorious for ejecting players, Klem ejected a record 251 individuals during his tenure. Klem brought innovations to the art of umpiring when he first started using arm signals when working behind home plate and was the first to wear a modern chest protector under his shirt. Along with Tom Connally, Klem became the first umpire inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bruce Froemming worked five World Series and a record 107 postseason games. He also umpired in a record 11 no-hitters, including a perfect game by Dennis Martinez on July 28, 1991. Froemming was the home plate umpire on July 24, 2004 when a fight between Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek and Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez led to a brawl.
Nestor Chylak umpired five World Series and six All Star Games. He officiated in Sandy Koufax's final game and the first American League Championship Series in 1969. In 1974 Chylak was the crew chief during the "Ten Cent Beer Night" incidents in Cleveland in which he declared a forfeit due to constant fighting after he was hit over the head with a chair. After retiring Chylak became an assistant league supervisor of umpires and was in the dressing room during the "Disco Demolition Night" incident at Comiskey Park in 1978.
Bill Summers umpired eight World Series and a record seven All Star Games. He called balls and strikes for all seven All Star Games. Summers was the umpire on July 27, 1946 when Rudy York hit two grand slams and again on June 10, 1959, when Rocky Colavito hit four home runs.
Tim McClelland worked three World Series and three All Star Games. He worked two no-hitters and two perfect games, including David Wells' perfect game on May 17, 1998 in which McClelland was calling balls and strikes. McClelland was umpiring a game in 2003 in which Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa was caught using a corked bat. McClelland was also behind the plate during the famous "Pine Tar" game at Yankee Stadium on July 24, 1983.
Cy Rigler officiated in 10 World Series including the 1919 World Series which led to the lifetime ban of eight Chicago White Sox players due to their intentional fix of the series. He also officiated in the first All Star Game in 1933. He was on the bases on May 2, 1917, when Cincinnati Reds' pitcher Fred Toney and Chicago Cubs' pitcher Hippo Vaughn pitched opposing no-hitters through nine innings until Vaughn allowed two hits and a run in the 10th inning. Vaughn was also the umpire on August 25, 1922 when the Cubs defeated the Phillies 26-23 in the highest scoring nine inning game in Major League history.
2) Crew Chief Tommy Connolly
Al Barlick, Hank O'Day, Jocko Conlan, Larry Barnett, and Mike Reilly.
Tommy Connolly umpired in eight World Series during his career including the first World Series in 1903. He also officiated in the first AL games played in Comiskey Park, Shibe Park, Fenway Park, and Yankee Stadium. Connolly umpired in four no-hitters including the second perfect game in the modern era of baseball by Addie Joss on October 2, 1908.
Al Barlick officiated in seven World Series and seven All Star Games. He started umpiring at the young age of 26, making him one of the youngest umpires in Major League history. Barlick was the first base umpire on April 15, 1947 when Jackie Robinson made his Major League debut.
Hank O'Day worked in 10 World Series, including calling balls and strikes during the first World Series game in 1903. He is the only person to serve a full season in the NL as a player, manager, and umpire. O???Day was the home plate umpire on September 23, 1908 during the infamous "Merkle's ****" in which New York Giants' Fred Merkle failed to advance to second base on a game winning hit by team mate Al Bridwell. The opposing Cubs fielded the ball and claimed a force play at second base, which negated the game winning run and ending the game in a tie.
Jocko Conlan umpired five World Series and six All Star Games. He also umpired in three playoff games to determine the regular-season champions. Conlan worked the game on August 31, 1950 when Gil Hodges hit four homeruns and again on April 30, 1961 when Willie Mays accomplished the same feat.
Larry Barnett officiated in four World Series and four All Star Games. He has served as an AL umpire for 32 years, a record at the time. Barnett was behind the plate during the ALCS game between the Yankees and Orioles on October 9, 1996. This game became better known as the Jeffrey Maier game because a 12-year-old spectator reached over the right field fence to catch Derek Jeter's fly ball, which was ruled a homerun by right field umpire Rich Garcia.
Mike Reilly umpired in three World Series and three All Star Games, as well as the Caribbean World Series in 1976. He was the third base umpire during David Wells' perfect game on May 17, 1998. Reilly was also featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated on October 26, 1992 for calling Roberto Alomar of the Toronto Blue Jays out at home in game two of the 1992 World Series.
3) Crew Chief Bill McGowan
Joe Brinkman, Doug Harvey, Billy Evans, Carl Hubbard, and Gerry Davis.
Bill McGowan umpired in eight World Series and four All Star Games including the first All Star Game in 1933. Umpiring his first game on April 14, 1925, McGowan umpired in 2,541 consecutive games before missing a game on September 3, 1940 due to neuritis.
Joe Brinkman umpired in three World Series and three All Star Games. His 35 years of service in the AL surpassed Larry Barnett's record of 32. Brinkman was the crew chief during the infamous "Pine Tar" game. He was also the left field umpire in game five of the 1995 ALDS between the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees and is the umpire who officially ruled Edgar Martinez's famous double a fair ball.
Doug Harvey umpired in five World Series and seven All Star Games. He held the record for most umpiring the most NLCS with nine before it was broken by Bruce Froemming in 2000. Harvey was umpiring during the final game of the 1972 regular season when Roberto Clemente hit his 3000th and final hit of his career. He was also the home plate umpire for Game 1 of the 1988 World Series when Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson hit his famous a walk off homerun off Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley.
Billy Evans officiated in six World Series including the 1919 Black Sox Scandal in which eight White Sox players were banned for life for intentionally throwing the Series. At age 22 he remains as the youngest Major League official in the history of the game and also the youngest to officiate in a World Series at age 25. During the 1907 season Evans single-handedly umpired seven double-headers in eight days. He was also involved in a bloody fight in the dressing room with Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb after Cobb made threats toward Evans in September 1921.
Cal Hubbard has worked in four World Series and three All Star Games. He is the only person who is enshrined in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Hubbard is credited with devising a system where each official had clearly defined duties.
Gerry Davis has worked in three World Series and three All Star Games. Davis was the second base umpire on May 18, 2004 when Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson pitched a perfect game.
For the League Championship rounds the umpire crews would consist of:
NL - Crew Chief Tommy Connolly
Bill McGowan, Doug Harvey, Al Barlick, Hank O'Day, and Billy Evans.
AL - Crew Chief Bill Klem
Ed Montague, Bruce Froemming, Bill Dinneen, Cy Rigler, and Nestor Chylak.
Finally, for the World Series the umpiring honors would go to:
Crew Chief Bill Klem
Tommy Connolly, Bill McGowan, Ed Montague, Bill Dinneen, and Doug Harvey.