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Former MLB umpire Springstead, 74, dies

Jan. 18, 2012 at 2:43 PM

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Marty Springstead, who was a Major League Baseball umpire for 20 seasons, has died at age 74, Commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday.

Springstead worked American League games from 1966 to 1985. He helped officiate three All-Star Games, five AL Championship Series and three World Series.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of Marty Springstead, an outstanding baseball man and an esteemed umpire," Selig said in a statement. "For a quarter-century, Marty mentored a new generation of our umpires, not only in the major leagues but around the world.

"On behalf of Major League Baseball and Marty's friends and admirers throughout the game, I extend my deepest condolences to his wife, Linda; his son, Bradley, and Bradley's mother Marlene; and his stepson Robert."

After finishing his career umpiring games, Springstead was the league's executive director of umpires from 1986-2000 and was an umpire supervisor for Major League Baseball from 2000-10.

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