Ed Vargo from the Chronology
May 2, 1968 -
During a 3-0 loss to the Mets Phillies reliever John Boozer is ejected in the 7th by umpire Ed Vargo at Shea Stadium for throwing spitballs during his warm-up pitches. After the first time he goes to his mouth the umpire calls a ball even though the batter was not in the box. Manager Gene Mauch comes out to argue and orders Boozer to go to his mouth on the next two pitches as well earning both Boozer and Mauch ejections. Mauch protests the game. Boozer is only the 2nd ML pitcher to be ejected from a game for throwing spitballs. Dick Hall who replaces Boozer with a 3-0 count on Bud Harrelson gets him to ground out. Nolan Ryan notches his second career win. Tomorrow National League President Warren Giles will rule that a pitcher shouldn't be charged with a ball while warming up. If a pitcher touches his mouth while warming up he would be required to dry his fingers before delivering a pitch to the batter.