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Veteran ump Crawford retires



Veteran umpire Jerry Crawford, a Tierra Verde resident, has retired after 34 seasons behind the plate and on the field.

Crawford, 63, worked five World Series and two All-Star Games in a major-league career that started in 1977, and his 111 postseason games were the most of any active umpire.

Officiating is a family affair for Crawford, as his brother, Joe, is an NBA referee and their father, Henry "Shag" Crawford, was an MLB umpire for 20 years, from 1956-75.

Jerry Crawford said he had no opportunities yet to stay in the game but would be open to it.

MLB will announce his retirement and other changes when replacements are chosen.



[Last modified: Friday, March 11, 2011 12:15am]


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