Longtime American League umpire Marty Springstead has passed away. He was 74. Bruce Webber, author of As They See 'Em, wrote an obituary in the New York Times.
During his umpiring career in the American League, Springstead officiated three All Star Games, in 1969, 1975, and 1982; four American League Championship Series, in 1970, 1974, 1977, and 1981; and three World Series, 1973, 1978, and 1983. He was on the plate for five no hitters during his tenure. Springstead remains the youngest crew chief in World Series history for his work during the 1973 World Series. He was 36. After retiring from the field, Springstead continued to serve Major League baseball as an umpire executive.