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Emmett Ashford (1914–1980)

Emmett Ashford was born on November 23, 1914 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Emmett Littleton Ashford. He was an actor, known for The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976), Ironside (1967) and The Jacksons (1976). He died on March 1, 1980 in Marina del Rey, California. See full bio »

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Ironside 2nd Umpire
The Jacksons
The Jacksons Skit characters (1977)
What's My Line?
What's My Line? Himself - Contestant


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 1976 The Jacksons (TV Series)
Skit characters (1977)
 1969 Ironside (TV Series)
2nd Umpire
- The Tormentor (1969) ... 2nd Umpire
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 1970 1970 World Series (TV Mini-Series)
Himself - First Base Umpire / Himself - Second Base Umpire / Himself - Third Base Umpire / ...
- Game 5 (1970) ... Himself - First Base Umpire
- Game 4 (1970) ... Himself - Second Base Umpire
- Game 3 (1970) ... Himself - Third Base Umpire
- Game 2 (1970) ... Himself - Left Field Umpire
- Game 1 (1970) ... Himself - Right Field Umpire
 1967 First Annual All-Star Celebrity Softball Game (TV Special)
Himself - Umpire
 1966 What's My Line? (TV Series)
Himself - Contestant
- Episode dated 29 May 1966 (1966) ... Himself - Contestant
 1955 You Bet Your Life (TV Series)
Himself - Pro Baseball Umpire
- Episode #6.8 (1955) ... Himself - Pro Baseball Umpire

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Personal Quote:

[Remembering his first major-league regular-season game in Washington DC, where an FBI agent stopped him as he tried to enter the umpire's room] I told him I was an umpire. He said there aren't any Negro umpires in the majors. So I told him, "There won't be if you don't let me go."


The first African-American umpire in major league baseball history, he worked in the American League from 1965 to 1970. He officiated in the 1970 World Series and in the 1967 All-Star Game. See more »


His karate-like chop to signal a strike

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