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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Passing: Shag Crawford, Longtime Baseball Umpire

From The Philadelpahia Inquirer:

By Frank Fitzpatrick
Inquirer Staff Writer

Shag Crawford, 90, the square-jawed, hard-nosed umpire who raised two professional sports officials, died on July 10 in an assisted-living facility near Philadelphia where he had lived for the last year.

Mr. Crawford, who never earned more than $35,000 a year in baseball, worked the first of more than 3,000 National League games in 1956. In 20 seasons, he umpired three World Series, two NL championship series, and three All-Star Games.


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