Eric “Express” Miklich Pitching
Vintage baseball photo: June 12, 1998: Eric "Express" Miklich pitching for the Brooklyn Atlantics (NY) in an 1887 match against the Glen Head Zig Zags (NY) on Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York. The Umpire, Gary Monti, is stationed behind the pitcher allowing him a better view to call plays occurring at the bases. This practice was first instituted by one of the best 19th century umpires, former player "Honest" John Gaffney. On April 18, 1888, opening day of the American Association season, Gaffney called balls and strikes from behind the pitcher while runners were on base and stood behind the catcher when there were no men on base. Photo by Tom Ferrara. Click photo to return to previous page.