Mike Reilly Speaker Profile
Mike Reilly Biography
Mike Reilly was born July 2, 1949 in Sioux City, Iowa and is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the American League from 1977 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues since 2000. Reilly was raised and still resides in Battle Creek, Michigan, the breakfast cereal capital of the world (a fact which prompted longtime baseball broadcaster Ernie Harwell to nickname him Corn Flakes Reilly).
Mike has a wife, Mary, who graduated from the University of Michigan and is currently an elementary teacher. Together they have four children: Katie, Ryan, Patrick and Conor. Katie attended Michigan State and is now teaching in Florida. Ryan attended Albion College and played baseball for the Britons. Patrick attends Western Michigan, and Conor attends St. Philip Catholic Central High where Mike Reilly graduated from in 1968.
Mike received an associate's degree from K.C.C. Junior College in 1970. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and works with the Food Bank South Central Michigan. He was elected to St. Philip Catholic Central Hall of Fame in 1999 and is recognized by American Amateur Baseball as a consultant. He became interested in umpiring after taking a sports officiating class in college. His proudest moment as a Major League umpire was working his first World Series (1984) in his home state. He coaches basketball at St. Philip/St. Joseph in the offseason and his hobbies include hunting, fishing, golfing and following the University of Notre Dame.
He has umpired in the World Series in 1984, 1992, 2002 and 2007, and in the All-Star Game in 1982, 1993 and 2000, calling balls and strikes for the last contest. He has also officiated in nine League Championship Series (1983, 1987, 1991, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2006), 2008) and six Division Series (1981, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007). He also umpired in the 1976 Caribbean World Series. He was the third base umpire for David Wells' perfect game on May 17, 1998. He is famous for being on the October 26 cover of Sports Illustrated where he called Roberto Alomar of the Toronto Blue Jays out at home in Game 2 of the 1992 World Series when replay showed the runner was clearly safe.
He is known for being a pitcher's umpire, expanding the strike zone somewhat, so long as the pitcher can hit the spot consistently.
His nephew Brian Reilly is an umpire in the International League (AAA).
Reilly is crew chief of Crew Q for 2009, which includes: Chuck Meriwether, Eric Cooper, and Laz Daz.
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