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Nicknamed Country Joe and Cowboy Joe after recording several country songs. Has performed at the Grand Ole Opry. Voted by players in 1999 as one of the three worst umpires in the National League. One of 22 major league umpires that resigned as part of a labor bargaining action. Awarded U.S. Patent No. 5,530,966 on July 2, 1996, for a "protective garment for baseball umpires having an inner ...