Bill Welke

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52 – Bill Welke
Bill Welke 2011.jpg
Welke in 2011
Born (1967-08-22) August 22, 1967 (age 46)
Coldwater, Michigan
MLB debut June 4, 1999
Umpiring crew
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Crew members
Career highlights and awards
Special Assignments

William Anthony "Bill" Welke (born August 22, 1967) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. He joined the major league staff in 1999 and wears uniform number 52.[2]

Biography[edit]

Welke umpiring behind Michael McKenry in 2012

Welke is the brother of fellow umpire Tim Welke, and is an alumnus of Western Michigan University.[2] He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.[3]

Welke previously worked in the Appalachian League (1991), the Midwest League (1992), the Florida State League (1993–1994), the Southern League (1995), the Eastern League (1996), and the International League (1997–1998).[2]

Since joining the Major League umpiring staff in 1999, Welke has worked the 2003 American League Division Series, 2006 National League Division Series, and the 2011 American League Division Series. He was a part of the crew that worked in the 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[4] On May 29, 2010, he officiated at third base when Roy Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in MLB history.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Umpires by 2013 MLB Crew Grouping, as of June 23rd". closecallsports.com. June 23, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bill Welke – 52". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  3. ^ "WMU News". WMU. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bill Welke". Retrosheet.org. Retrosheet. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  5. ^ Halladay's perfect game is this season's second ESPN.com. Retrieved May 29, 2012

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