Weinrib: Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey, 87, passes away

From Ben Weinrib at MLB.com on January 14, 2018:

Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey passed away due to natural causes on Saturday. He was 87.

Harvey was the ninth umpire elected to the Hall of Fame and one of the final Major League umpires who never attended an umpiring school. Over his 31 years in baseball, spent entirely in the National League, Harvey worked 4,673 games, which is the fifth most all-time and was the third most for any umpire at the time of his retirement in 1992.

“Hall of Famer Doug Harvey was one of the most accomplished umpires of all-time,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement on Sunday. “Known for his strong presence and communication skills, he umpired some of the most memorable moments ever, including from behind the plate for Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run to open the 1988 World Series. A generation of umpires learned as a result of Doug’s example, his eagerness to teach the game and his excellent timing behind the plate.”

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Originally published: January 17, 2018. Last Updated: January 17, 2018.