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First Black Umpire

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US Anonymous,
First Black Umpire, 1972
Gelatin silver print on paper
5 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (14.61 x 24.13 cm)


Object Type: Photography
Technique: Gelatin silver Process
Credit Line: Gift of Sally Strauss and Andrew E. Tomback
Accession Number: 2021.17.226


Full Title: First Black Umpire: Art Williams, third from left, watches as manager Don Zimmer of the San Diego Padres makes a point in Los Angeles Dodgers' 3-2 victory over San Diego Monday night. It was the first time a black umpire had worked a National League baseball game. Says Williams: "I was nervous.", September 19, 1972

Commentary
NB: Arthur Williams (1934-1979) was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the National League (NL) from 1972 to 1977, and was the first African-American umpire in the NL, wearing number 25 during his career. Williams umpired 806 Major League Baseball (MLB) games in his six-year career. He also umpired in the 1975 National League Championship Series.

Marks
With typewritten title and date on recto; with date stamp on verso. CVL-CA-048.1

Medium
Vintage Associated Press wirephoto


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