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Major League Umpire Wally Bell Dies at Age 48

October 14th, 2013 at 11:59 PM
By Cody Fields

Major League Baseball lost one of its own Monday, when umpire Wally Bell passed away at the age of 48 due to a heart attack, vindy.com reports.

Bell started his MLB umpiring career in 1993. He umpired the 2006 World Series and three All-Star Games as well as this year's National League Division Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals.

Bell also umpired behind the plate on Sept. 21, 2001, when Mike Piazza hit a late homer to give the New York Mets a win over the Atlanta Braves in the first post-9/11 baseball game in New York City.

Bell was no stranger to heart problems; he had open heart surgery in 1999. He is survived by two children.

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Tags: 9/11, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Mike Piazza, MLB, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Wally Bell, World Series

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