Brinkman, who for several years operated the Joe Brinkman Umpires' School in Cocoa,
FL, was an All-Army baseball and football standout who hoped for a pro football career.
He was chief of the umpiring crew that ruled George Brett
out after he hit a home
run with a bat deemed to have pine tar beyond the 18-inch limit. AL president Lee
McPhail overturned the call.