Hopefully, Livan Hernandez will send a large floral arrangement. From the Associated Press.
Former major league umpire Eric Gregg, known for his big personality, extra-wide strike zone and oversized frame, died Monday night, a day after suffering a massive stroke. He was 55.
Gregg, the third black umpire in major league baseball, had complained to family members Sunday morning at his home in Ardmore, Pa., that he couldn’t feel anything on his left side. He was hospitalized and died at 6:45 p.m. Monday.
He called his first game in 1975 and became a member of the National League staff in 1978. Known for his large strike zone when calling balls and strikes, Gregg worked the 1989 World Series, four championship series, two division series and one All-Star game.
Gregg was among 22 umpires who lost their jobs in 1999 after union head Richie Phillips called for mass resignations as a way of forcing an early start to contract negotiations.