» September 27, 1996: After being ejected for arguing a strike call in the 1st inning of Baltimore's game against the Blue Jays, Orioles' 2B Roberto Alomar spits in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck. Alomar claims he was provoked by Hirschbeck, but the incident will set off a national debate. After the game, Alomar remarks, I used to respect him a lot. He had problems with his family when his son died—I know that's something real tough in life—but after that he just changed, personality-wise. He just got real bitter." When the ump hears about the remarks tomorrow he will charge into the Orioles locker room and have to be restrained by fellow ump Joyce.
» October 5, 1996:
Umpire John Hirschbeck says he forgives Baltimore 2B Roberto Alomar, who spat on him during an argument in a game on September 27.
» February 28, 2000:
AL umpire John Hirschbeck is elected as the 1st president of the World Umpires Association, which was certified last week by the NLRB.
» April 28, 2002:
The Giants edge the Reds, 5–4, behind homers by Reggie Sanders and Benito Santiago. Robb Nen relieves in the 8th after Adam Dunn hits a 2-run home run. An insurance run in the top of the 9th offsets another Dunn homer, off Nen. Ump union head John Hirschbeck tells fellow ump Mark Carlson not to issue a warning to Reds P Gabe White after a pitch sails over the head of Barry Bonds. Hirschbeck will be sent a warning letter about this, which will end up before a judge.