Robert “Bobby” Fallon

A veteran of many “softball wars” during the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Bobby Fallon began his career playing left field for teams as Jack’s Men’s Wear, Slow Freighters, Nudo’s Dugout, and Bondies. He switched to the other side of home plate in 1949 when he began umpiring for the Jim Allen Group. Robert Fallon probably didn’t realize that he was about to embark on a thirty year umpiring-career that found him calling balls and strikes for some of the biggest money matches in the Chicagoland area. Besides umpiring for 16″ softball, Fallon also officiated basketball, baseball, and football games at the high school. He was such a respected official that he referred at many high school championship games. He also served as a Big Ten footbal1 referee for 10 years from 1968 to 1979 and officiated many Chicago Bulls games before hanging up his striped shirt and whistle for the more serene seat of the spectator.