Edward Paul Runge (May 12, 1918 - July 25, 2002) was an American professional baseball umpire. He worked in Major League Baseball between 1954 and 1970. During his career, he officiated three World Series and five All-Star games.
Runge's first professional umpiring experience came in the Big State League in Texas in 1947. He was promoted to the Pacific Coast League in 1949. He became a Major League umpire in 1954, working in the American League. He retired in 1970. After his retirement, Runge said of umpiring, "It's the only occupation where a man has to be perfect his first day on the job and then improve over the years."
He was part of the World Series crew that called Don Larsen's perfect game in 1956. As the right field umpire, Runge made a critical foul ball call in the fourth inning on a potential home run hit by Duke Snider.
In 1960, Runge testified in court against two Washington men who were accused of attempting to extort money from Runge and fellow umpire Bill McKinley. After Runge and McKinley entered a hotel room with two females, the two men entered the room. The men photographed McKinley and Runge in the company of the women and then held the photograph for blackmail.
Later life and death
- Associated Press (2002-07-26). "Patriarch of three-generation family of umps dies". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
- "AL Umpire Testifies in Extortion Plot". Schenectady Gazette. September 7, 1960. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
- Litsky, Frank (2002-07-30). "Ed Runge, 87, Veteran Umpire Who Was Partial to Pitchers". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
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