Bill Klem

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Birthdate 2/22/1874
Death Date 9/1/1951
Debut Year 1905
Year of Induction 1953
Teams MLB, National League
Position Umpire

Known as the Father of Baseball Umpires, Bill Klem worked a Major League record 18 World Series and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1953.

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Bill Klem autograph affixed to photo with other umpires

Bill Klem autograph affixed to photo with other umpires

A National League umpire from 1905-1941, Bill Klem worked a big league record 18 World Series. Another less glamorous record held by Klem is his 251 career ejections. No umpire had been elected to the Hall of Fame before Klem and Tom Connolly were inducted in 1953. Shown here is a Klem autograph aff
Telegram sent by Hall of Fame umpire Bill Klem

Telegram sent by Hall of Fame umpire Bill Klem

Bill Klem teamed with Hank O’Day as umpires for the National League. Both would eventually gain induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In this telegram Klem expresses his condolences over the passing of baseball concessionaire and purported inventor of the hot dog Harry M. Stevens. The telegram
Fellow Hall of Fame umpire Jocko Conlan praises Klem and mentions Billy Evans

Fellow Hall of Fame umpire Jocko Conlan praises Klem and mentions Billy Evans

In this handwritten letter, Jocko Conlan has high praise for fellow Hall of Famers Bill Klem and Billy Evans. Conlan got his start as an umpire after his playing career ended when the National League offered him a job for the 1941 season. Bill Klem was the supervisor of the

One response to “Bill Klem”

  1. w deMoss says:

    Klem was the first of the modern day umpires. He introduced the inside chest protector.

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