Wally Bell had been a member part of an officiating crew for the
But this time he wasn't there.
Bell died Monday at age 48 of an apparent heart attack in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. He was honored with a moment of silence before Tuesday's
“Wally was a tremendous, tremendous umpire, but a tremendous person as well,” Boston pitcher
There was also a moment of silence before the
"Deepest regrets to his family," Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny said before the game. "Wally was a class individual and a very, very good umpire. I always had a lot of respect for how he went about his business. That was bad news for all of us, but our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
Bell had quintuple bypass surgery at age 34 back in 1999 but was back on the diamond 11 weeks later, an accomplishment he named as his proudest moment in his MLB.com bio. He umpired three All-Star games, seven division series, four league championship series and the 2006
"All of us at Major League Baseball are in mourning tonight regarding the sudden passing of Wally Bell," Commissioner