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Harry Wendelstedt dies at 73; baseball umpire also ran school

Harry Wendelstedt dies at 73; baseball umpire also ran school

Harry Wendelstedt, a retired 33-year Major League Baseball umpire who also nurtured a new generation of the game's arbiters for more than 30 years, died Friday at a hospital in Daytona Beach, Fla. He was 73 and had brain cancer.

Wendelstedt, who officiated more than 4,500 games, worked five World Series — two as crew chief — as well as seven National League Championship Series and four All-Star Games.

Former Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda is among those leading the campaign for Wendelstedt's election into baseball's Hall of Fame.

Paul Runge, like Wendelstedt a former veteran umpire crew chief, said that in addition to being "one of the premier umpires in the...

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