A decision by Pelekoudas had a bearing on one of baseball's most famous records.
On August 18, 1965 Hank Aaron
hit a home run in Sportsman's Park, St. Louis. Except
he didn't; Pelekoudas ruled it an illegal hit because Aaron's left foot touched outside
the batter's box as he reached out for the pitch. As a result, the record for most
homers is 755 instead of 756. Pelekoudas was also the first to eject Gaylord Perry
from a game for using an illegal greasy substance on the ball. When the umpire retired,
he sent Perry a three-pound jar of Vaseline.