Former MLB umpire Bill Haller dies at 87

William “Bill” Haller, the former American Major League Baseball (MLB) umpire, has died at the age of 87, the local outlet 1340 WJOL reports

Haller is reported to have passed away on Monday. The cause of his death has not been provided.

It is being reported, however, that Haller died four days after being transported to a Veterans facility in Marion, Illinois.

In the 1950s, Haller served the country for two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Haller’s baseball career

Haller is most well known for his career in baseball. It began after his time in the army when, in 1958, he became an umpire in the Georgia-Florida League. As a boy, Haller had learned the umpire trade from his father.

From there, Haller went to the New York-Penn League in 1959, to the Northwest League in 1960, to the Pacific Coast League in 1961, and, in that same year, to the American League. The following year, in 1962, Haller went back down to the International League. But, in 1963, Haller returned to the American League where he would remain through 1982.

During this time period, Haller would umpire in four playoffs and World Series and in four all-star games, in addition to a large number of regular season games.

Haller stopped umpiring in 1982. Then, he became the assistant supervisor of American League umpires for a brief time before retiring in 1985. And, after that, he worked for the Baseball Umpire Development through 1994.

The Haller-Weaver incident

Those old enough to remember Haller’s umpiring days might remember the infamous dust-up that took place between Haller and Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver.

It happened in September of 1980 during a game between the Tigers and Orioles. Weaver went after Haller, who was mic-ed up, after Haller made a balk call in the first inning. The situation ended with Weaver being ejected by Haller – it was neither the first nor the last time that Haller ejected Weaver.

The Hallers

Haller had a brother, Tom Haller, who also enjoyed a career in major-league baseball. In 1972, in fact, Bill and Tom Haller became the first brothers to appear in the same game. Whereas Bill was an umpire, Tom was a catcher.

The two brothers would both go on to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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