A sore arm caused Honochick to turn from being a minor league outfielder to umpiring
in 1946. The highlight of his 25 ML seasons, he claims, was working behind the plate
in the Seventh Game of the 1955 WS when Brooklyn's Johnny Podres beat the Yankees,
2-0. Honochick gained fame in the 1980s for his myopic self-portrayal in a Miller
Lite beer commercial with Boog Powell.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 11, 1964: Vic Power of the Angels is fined $250 and suspended 10 days for spitting on ump Jim Honochick after a close play during a doubleheader loss to the White Sox 7–4 and 6–1 the previous day.