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Thomas Francis Hallion (born September 5, 1956 in Saugerties, New York) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the National League from 1985 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues since 2005. He has officiated in the World Series in 2008, the League Championship Series in 1998, 2007, and 2009 and in the Division Series in 1996,1997, and 2008. He has also worked the All-Star Game in 1992 and 2008, being at second base for the latter contest at Yankee Stadium which went a record 15 innings. In Game 3 of the 2008 World Series, Hallion made a call that ruled Carl Crawford safe, when he was clearly out. The call extended the inning and eventually cost the Philadelphia Phillies 2 Runs. Hallion is well known for his exciting and demonstrative called third strike in which Hallion twists his body 180 degrees.

Hallion attended the University of Buffalo. He began his umpiring career in the New York - Penn League (1979), which was followed by stints in the Carolina League (1980-1981), Eastern League (1982) and American Association (1983-1985) before joining the NL staff. He married Elizabeth Carnright on September 11, 1983. They have three children, Corey, Kyle and Jacob; they reside in Louisville, Kentucky.[1] Hallion was the home plate umpire on July 12, 1997 when Francisco Córdova and Ricardo Rincón of the Pittsburgh Pirates combined on a 3-0, 10-inning no-hitter against the Houston Astros.[2] He was among the umpires who lost their jobs after resigning as part of a failed union bargaining strategy in 1999, but his rehiring was agreed to in December 2004 in a settlement with Major League Baseball.[3] Hallion also umpired in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, and was behind the plate for the championship game between Japan and Cuba.


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