Bill Klem

Bill Klem

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. William Joseph Klem, born William Joseph Klimm, known as the "father of baseball umpires," was a National League umpire in Major League Baseball from 1905 to 1941. He had the longest career of any major league umpire before Bruce Froemming tied that mark in 2007, and was also the oldest umpire in history at age 67 until Froemming surpassed that mark as well. Klem was widely respected for bringing dignity and professionalism to umpiring, as well as for his high skill and good judgment. Klem was also an innovative umpire; he was the first major league umpire to use arm signals while working behind home plate, and was one of the first to wear a modern, somewhat pliable chest protector inside his shirt, a move which he successfully campaigned to have adopted throughout the NL. He was the first to straddle foul lines and stand to the catcher's side for better perspective. Finally, he was the last umpire to work the plate exclusivelyshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 141g
  • Lect Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134919799
  • 9786134919791