Robert Daniel Emslie

Robert Daniel Emslie, baseball player (b at Guelph, Canada W 27 Jan 1859; d at St Thomas, Ont 26 Apr 1943). Emslie played baseball in Ontario and Kansas before a brief major-league pitching career in which he won 32 games for Baltimore in 1884. He started umpiring in 1887 as the only official on the field. During his National League tenure (1891-1924), he helped improve the working conditions, wages and image of the umpire, and on retirement served the league in an advisory capacity. In 1946 the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, named him to its honour roll.