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Umpire Wally Bell
dies less than a week after working in MLB
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The picture to the left shows Houston
Astros manager Brad Mills, right, arguing with
home plate umpire Wally Bell during the eighth
inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee
Brewers in Milwaukee.
Bell just finished his 21st season with Major
League Baseball. He worked two All Star Games
(1997, 2000), six Divisional Series (98, 99,
2003, 2004, 2006, 2012), four League
Championship Series (2000, 2001, 2005, 2010),
and the 2006 World Series
Goose Gossage does
his best Bob Marley imitation at the
Celebrity Player's Tour event in
Jamaica. West & Gossage were part of the
tournament held at the White Witch &
Half Moon Bay Golf courses in Jamaica.
Hall of Famer
Johnny Bench and Major League Umpire Joe
West meet at Camp LeJuene for the
Marine Corps Wounded Warriors Golf
September in Anaheim - Oops, Los Angeles
Angels @ Anaheim Friends Meet - Old and New
From left to right
Ray Hungerford (former airport manager
for Air New Zealand, Joe West, Fred
Rodgers (Editor Baseball Gold & Sabre
Member), and Bill Slayback (former
pitcher for the Detroit Tigers)
Longtime Baseball Umpire, Harry
Wendelstedt, dies at age 73
All Major League Umpires will be wearing a patch in memory of Harry Wendelstedt
Long time Major League Umpire Harry
Wendelstedt passed away on Friday March 9, 2012 after a long battle with brain
cancer. He was 73.
His 33 year major league career began in
1966 and he retired in 1998. He umpired five World Series (1973, 1980, 1986,
1991 and 1995) serving as the Crew Chief in 1980 and 1995. He also umpired seven
National League Championship Series (1970, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1988, 1990) ,
three National League Divisional Series (1995, 1996 and 1997) and four All- Star
Games (1968, 1976, 1983, 1992). He ranks 11th all time in number of years
umpired in the Major Leagues and 5th all time for number of games worked with
4,500. A former President of the Major League Umpire's Association, he was
instrumental in helping start and build the umpire's union.
called balls and strikes in 5
no-hitters, tying an NL record held
by Bill Klem.
On May 31,
1968, Wendelstedt made a famous call
that preserved Los Angeles Dodgers
pitcher Don Drysdale's consecutive
shutouts and scoreless innings
streaks. Giants catcher Dick Dietz
came to the plate in the top of the
9th inning with the bases loaded and
no outs. On a 2-2 count, Drysdale
hit Dietz on the elbow, apparently
forcing in a run that would have
ended the streaks. However,
Wendelstedt ruled that Dietz made no
attempt to avoid being struck by the
pitch, and called him back. Drysdale
retired Dietz on a short fly ball
and got out of the inning without
yielding a run, earning his fifth
(of six) consecutive shutouts.
The "Harry Wendelstedt Umpire's
School" has taught more Major League Umpires than any other school in history.
Today the majority of Major League Umpires attended the Wendelstedt School. And
no one anywhere in the world has taught more amateur umpires the skills and
techniques of umpiring than Wendelstedt.
He's survived by his daughter Amy and his son Hunter who like his father is a
Major League Umpire.... and he wears Harry's old number "21." His memorial
service was held March 13th. It was so large they had to hold it at the Ormond
Beach Fine Arts Center. He was honored by full military color guard from the
United States Marine Corps.
This 1998 file photo shows veteran Harry Wendelstedt, left,
with his son, Hunter Wendelstedt, also an umpire.