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Umpire Wally Bell dies less than a week after working in MLB playoffs

DETROIT -- DETROIT (AP) The umpiring crew for Game 3 of the AL championship series Tuesday lined up in missing-man formation (picture to the right) during a moment of silence for umpire Wally Bell, who died of an apparent heart attack.

Jake Peavy, who pitched Game 4 for Boston, began his news conference by offering condolences to Bell's family.

"Wally was a tremendous, tremendous umpire, but a tremendous person as well," Peavy said. "We're here today, I think everybody, man for man in that clubhouse, I know I speak for our guys, we're devastated by the news last night and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

The moment of silence was held before the national anthem at Comerica Park. Five umpires lined up next to each other, with a gap between them and the sixth member of the crew.

Bell, a veteran of 21 big league seasons, died Monday at 48.

"We are all shocked and saddened by Wally's passing," said Tony Clark, deputy executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. "Throughout my playing career, I found Wally to be the consummate professional, whose passion and professionalism made him a master of his craft. On behalf of all players and the staff of the Players Association, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Wally's family, friends and fellow World Umpires Association members."

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

 

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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.

 


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Jason Scheff (bass player for Chicago) and Joe West entertain at Rose Hall (home of the White Witch of Jamaica)
 


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Hall of Famer Johnny Bench and Major League Umpire Joe West meet  at Camp LeJuene for the Marine Corps Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament.

 

 

September in Anaheim - Oops, Los Angeles Angels @ Anaheim
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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)

 

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Longtime Baseball Umpire, Harry Wendelstedt, dies at age 73
All Major League Umpires will be wearing a patch in memory of Harry Wendelstedt this season

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.

Wendelstedt 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.

 

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