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Front Row: Umpires Want To Honor Ernie Tyler

March 15, 2011

By Jim Henneman

Ernie Tyler
(Mitch Stringer/PressBox)
It didn't take long for word of Ernie Tyler's passing to spread among major league umpires and before the mourning had stopped, they started thinking of ways to honor the memory of their long-time clubhouse attendant. The Orioles are in the process of finalizing arrangements to honor Tyler and the umpires have let it be known they would like to support, as well as participate, in the effort.

Of all the umpires who have crossed paths with Tyler at Memorial Stadium or Camden Yards, Mike DiMuro has a unique connection. His father, Lou, was an American League umpire who was fatally injured when struck by a car after working a game in Texas in 1973.

"I've been thinking about Ernie ever since learning of his passing," DiMuro said before leaving from his spring training assignment in Arizona. "It is going to difficult to be at the park without him.

"I loved talking to him about the old-time umpires. He told me a story one time about my dad and John Flaherty and he told me, 'It was your dad's rookie season.' He went on with the story, but all I could think about was how amazing it was that he was with two generations of umpires during their rookie years. Truly amazing.

"I don't know what the club might have in mind, but we'd like to get involved. Everybody I've talked to (in Arizona) would like to see us do something. We're trying to figure out how to go about it, but I know I can speak for all of our guys and say we'd like to do whatever is necessary."

More Front Row:
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'Countdown' Fights Kidney Diseases   
Umpires Want To Honor Ernie Tyler   
Mud Chasers Slate April Run-Wallow  
Two New Books For Baseball Fans 
From The Cheap Seats    

Issue 159: March 2011