Baseball fans are in mourning following the death of Hall of Famer Doug Harvey. Harvey, a longtime umpire for the National League, was one of only 10 umpires to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
People who knew him nicknamed him “God” because they had such a high respect and value for his place on the field. Harvey umpired for 30 years from 1962 to 1992.
Harvey umpired 4,673 regular-season games, five World Series games, and six All-Star games. In 1974, he was also voted the league’s best umpire with an “excellent” rating, reported CBS Sports.
According to ESPN, Harvey died on Saturday, January 13th of natural causes after spending some time in hospice care. He was 87 years old at the time of his death.
Previously, Harvey was diagnosed with oral cancer and suffered through various complications during recovery including radiation treatments, a seizure, and a stroke. During his time in the sports industry, Harvey heavily chewed tobacco.
After his cancer diagnosis, Harvey warned players and others in the baseball industry about the dangers of smokeless tobacco. Based on reports, it appears that the cancer history did not contribute to his cause of death.
Several baseball fans and others who worked with him during his sports career shared their love and condolences to Harvey’s family on social media.
Please keep Doug Harvey’s friends, family, and loved ones in your prayers. In other recent news, a politician from Serbia was recently assassinated.