- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 17, 2005

CHICAGO (AP) — Charles Williams, the first black umpire to work behind home plate in a World Series game, died Sept. 10 of complications from diabetes at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. He was 61.

Mr. Williams, of Chicago, was the home-plate umpire for the marathon Game Four of the 1993 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays.

At four hours and 14 minutes, not only was it the longest game in World Series history, but it also set records for most runs by both teams (29) and most runs scored by a losing team (14). Toronto won the game at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, 15-14, and the series in six games.

Mr. Williams, who was born in Denver and grew up in California, attended umpire school while working the night shift at a factory. After a stint in the minors, he reached the major leagues in 1982.

Other highlights of Mr. Williams’ career included the 1985 and 1995 All-Star games, the 1989 National League championship series between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs, and the 1997 National League championship series between the Florida Marlins and the Atlanta Braves.

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