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 William Joseph “Bill” Klem

William Joseph “Bill” Klem

Birth
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death 16 Sep 1951 (aged 77)
Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Burial Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Plot Section H, Block 23, Lot 10, Grave 4
Memorial ID 10682 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Umpire. Born in Rochester, New York, he known as the "father of baseball umpires" and was the first umpire to use the inside chest protector, now standard equipment for umpires throughout all levels of baseball. From 1905 to 1941, he umpired games and then served as chief of National League umpires. Because of his superior ability on balls and strikes, he umpired almost exclusively behind the plate. He also was among the originators of arm signals to coincide with his calls and appeared in 18 World Series assignments. He died of a heart ailment at age 77 in Miami, Florida and was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall in 1953.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 10 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10682
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Joseph “Bill” Klem (22 Feb 1874–16 Sep 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10682, citing Graceland Memorial Park, Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .