Major League Baseball umpire Wally Bell, who worked the National League playoff series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals this month, has died. He was 48.
Major League Baseball confirmed Bell’s death Monday. He died of an apparent massive heart attack in Youngstown, Ohio.
Bell worked the 2006 World Series and three All-Star games, including this year’s event at Citi Field in New York, where he was stationed at first base. A veteran of 21 big league seasons, he had also worked four league championship series since joining the major league staff in 1993.
Fellow umpire John Hirschbeck told WFJM-TV in Youngstown that Bell was one on his dearest friends.
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“We worked together for 11 years,” Hirschbeck said. “He was like to a son to me, my wife Denise, very dear friend. It’s devastating.”
Bell had open-heart surgery in 1999.
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