In a 1944 interview near the end of his pitching career, Lon Warneke summed up the attitude of a consummate professional:
Baseball is my business and my livelihood and I approach each game
in the same manner that a lawyer would approach a trial or a minister
would prepare a sermon. I study out each situation and figure out
the best possible solution. Once the game is over, it is over. I review it
in my mind to try to improve my game and then forget it. I put every
bit of energy and brain power I possess in each play and I have no
regrets when the breaks go against me.
Clearly, this was a man to be reckoned with, so it isn’t surprising that Warneke is the answer to a dandy trivia question: who is the only man to both play and umpire in both the World Series and the All-Star Game? He also had the moxie to give up baseball at age 46 to go into business for himself, and later spent a decade as a judge.