Gorman spent three years pitching in the Giants' organization before enlisting in
the army in 1941. Upon his return in 1946, an arm injury curtailed his pitching career,
and he turned to umpiring in 1947 in the New England League. He was promoted to the
NL in 1951 and quickly became one of its most respected arbiters. In the heat of
the 1962 pennant race, Gorman discovered the San Francisco groundskeepers had heavily
watered the infield to slow down Dodger base-stealing star Maury Wills
. Gorman held
up the start of the game for an hour and a half until the basepaths dried out. In
the 1968 WS, Gorman was behind the plate when Bob Gibson
struck out 17 Tiger batters.
After retiring as a field ump, Gorman served as a NL supervisor of umpires. The entertaining
after-dinner speaker's autobiography, Three and Two, was published in 1979.