|52 – Bill Welke|
Welke in 2011
August 22, 1967 |
|MLB debut||June 4, 1999|
|Career highlights and awards|
Welke is the brother of fellow umpire Tim Welke, and is an alumnus of Western Michigan University. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
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).
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. On May 29, 2010, he officiated at third base when Roy Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in MLB history.
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- "Bill Welke – 52". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
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- "Bill Welke". Retrosheet.org. Retrosheet. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
- Halladay's perfect game is this season's second ESPN.com. Retrieved May 29, 2012
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