Mike Lantry, 1972
Most here are likely (as the baseball fans on this board seem to be predominately Detroit Tiger fans) to remember Jim Joyce as the 1st Base umpire who blew the 9th inning call in what would have been a Perfect Game for Armando Galarraga in the 2010 season. As I recall, what initially was an ugly situation that night quickly evolved into nearly a completely "feel-good' situation when Joyce showed sincere contrition for his bad call, while Galarraga publicly forgave Joyce. Both men showed the Sports World what total class is all about, by taking the high road in a situation where many would struggle.
I just came across this new story about Jim Joyce tonight:
Turns out Joyce stepped up to the plate again in a crisis and proceeded to be instrumental in saving a life. Next time I'm at a ballgame and cuss out an umpire, I'm gonna make sure first that the Ump isn't Joyce, who, IMO, has earned a free pass from me for the rest of his umpiring career!
The Tigers radio broadcasters just said that Bud Selig released a statement. The important parts are that Selig is still reviewing whether the call can and should be reversed and will be consulting with various entities with regard to the issue, and that he will be reopening consideration as to whether instant replay should be expanded.
At least he hasn't closed the door, I suppose.