|Former AL Umpire Russ Goetz has died. He was 86.|
He officiated 2,384 regular season games at the Major League level, featuring two All-Star Game appearances (1970 & '75), four AL Championship Series (1970, 74, 77, 81), and two World Series (1973, 79).
Goetz's 54 career ejections from Eddie Stanky on April 28, 1968 through Ron Hassey on July 15, 1983, placed him in the "not too often" range amongst umpires with one ejection per 44 games officiated. For comparison's sake, Hall of Fame Cal Hubbard also ejected once per 44 games worked, with Tom Connolly (1 per 38) and Jocko Conlan (1 per 32) close behind. Comparable modern umpires include Ted Barrett (1 per 47) and Mark Carlson (1 per 41).
Goetz, a staunch supporter and user of the outside chest protector, wore AL sleeve number 5, which eventually fell into the care of Dale Scott.
Goetz is a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Obituary: Russell L Goetz (May 31, 1930 - March 15, 2017)