Jerry Parker Dale
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 190-200 lb.
- School California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Jerry Dale was a pitcher for the Fulton Railroaders in 1951-1952. After going 10-9 5.06 ERA and 9-14 5.51 ERA, he was released by the Washington Senators. After spending two years on the National Defense list, he returned with the 1955 Clovis Pioneers leading the West Texas-New Mexico League with 188 runs and 155 earned runs allowed, while going 13-10 7.11 ERA. With the 1956 El Paso Texans, Dale posted a 2-2 record with a 9.00 ERA in 43 IP.
Dale began as an umpire in the Pioneer League in 1963 and the Pacific Coast League in 1964-1970. He was then a National League umpire from 1971 to 1985. Before his resignation, he denounced what he perceived as financial improprieties by Richie Phillips, who was the head of the Major League Umpires Association at the time. This started a federal investigation into the union's finances, but the investigators were overruled when they wanted to launch a prosecution on the basis of what they had uncovered. The investigation led to Phillips' financial authority being curtailed, but also made Dale a pariah for his role in exposing the mess, and he chose to resign.