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William J. Klem
Birth: Feb. 22, 1874
Death: Sep. 1, 1951

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) 
 
Burial:
Graceland Memorial Park
Coral Gables
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA
Plot: Section H, Block 23, Lot 10, Grave 4
 
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Record added: Jul 10, 2000
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William J. Klem
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William J. Klem
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ALWAYS REMEMBER - THERE WOULD BE NO GAME WITHOUT THE UMPIRES AS ALL ORDER WOULD BEAK DOWN AFTER FIRST FEW PITCHES OR PLAYS ON THE BASES - BILL KLEM WAS ONE OF THE REAL AND TRUE GREAT ARBITERS AND THERE SHOULD BE AT LEAST 5 MORE FORMER UMPIRES ADDED TO THE...(Read more)
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