Called Out But Safe: A Baseball Umpire's
Journey (2013)

By Al Clark with Dan Schlossberg, Foreword by Marty Appel

If an umpire could steal the show in a Major League game,
Al Clark might well have been the one to do it. Tough but
fair, in his thirty years as a professional umpire he took on
some of baseball’s great umpire baiters, such as Earl
Weaver, Billy Martin, and Dick Williams, while ejecting any
number of the game’s elite—once tearing a hamstring in the
process. He was the first Jewish umpire in American League
history, and probably the first to eject his own father from
the officials’ dressing room. But whatever Clark was doing—
officiating at Nolan Ryan’s three hundredth win, Cal Ripken’
s record breaker, or the “earthquake” World Series of 1989,
or braving a labor dispute, an anti-Semitic tirade by a Cy
Young Award winner, or a legal imbroglio—it makes for a
good story.

Called Out but Safe is Clark’s outspoken and often hilarious
account of his life in baseball from umpire school through
the highlights to the inglorious end of his stellar career. Not
just a source of baseball history and lore, Clark’s book also
affords a rare look at what life is like for someone who
works for the Major Leagues’ other team.