Harry Wendelstedt

Harry Wendelstedt

Birth
Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death 9 Mar 2012 (aged 73)
Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 86480396 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Umpire. For thirty-three seasons (1966 to 1998), he officiated games in the National League. Born Harry Hunter Wendelstedt, Jr., he had pondered a career as a Major League Baseball Player and when he came to the realization that this was not meant to be, he pursued the officiating aspect of the game. He studied at Essex Community College, followed by the University of Maryland and later worked as a high school substitute teacher, also serving a stint in the US Marine Corps, prior to beginning his training at the Al Somers Umpire School in 1961. After four years of service in the Minor Leagues (1962 to 1965), he was promoted to the Major League level in 1966. During the course of his career, he worked in five World Series (1973, 1980, 1986, 1991 and 1995, while serving as crew chief in 1980 and 1995), seven National League Championship Series (1970, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1988 and 1990) and four All-Star contests (1968, 1976, 1983 and 1992). He called balls and strikes in five no-hit games. During Don Drysdale's scoreless innings streak in 1968, Wendelstedt made a pivotal ruling which allowed for the streak to continue. In his tenure, he would often find himself involved in heated arguments from such confrontational managers as Gene Mauch and Tommy Lasorda. During a game in 1998, he shared officiating duties with his son Hunter which marked the first time a father and son worked in a Major League game together. Following that season, he retired and would take over the umpiring school (renamed the Wendelstedt Umpire School) which prepared him for his lengthy career. A highly-respected "man in blue", he has been up for consideration to be nominated to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Wendelstedt made a lasting impression on the game, as his umpiring style is commonplace within the Minor Leagues. He died after battling brain cancer.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 9 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86480396
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