Bill Engeln

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Bill Engeln
Born William Raymond Engeln
(1898-09-09)September 9, 1898
St. Louis, Missouri
Died April 17, 1968(1968-04-17) (aged 69)
Palo Alto, California
Occupation Umpire
Years active 1952-1956
Employer National League

William Raymond Engeln (September 9, 1898 – April 17, 1968) was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the National League from 1952 to 1956. Engeln was the right field umpire in the 1953 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In his career, he umpired 749 Major League games.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Engeln was born in St. Louis, Missouri and served as a bat boy for the St. Louis Browns when he was young.[2] As an umpire, he spent sixteen seasons (1936 through 1951) in the Pacific Coast League before being promoted to the majors. In 1945, Engeln was surrounded by angry fans after a ninth-inning third strike in a game between the Portland Beavers and Seattle Rainiers. He was attacked by two women who were then led away by police.[3]

Notable games[edit]

Engeln also officated on July 31, 1954 when Joe Adcock hit four home runs in one game.[4] He was behind the plate a day later when Adcock was hit in the head by a Clem Labine pitch. The pitch precipitated a near-physical confrontation between Jackie Robinson and Lew Burdette as Adcock was carried off the field by stretcher.[5]


Engeln died in Palo Alto, California on April 17, 1968.[6]


  1. ^ Retrosheet
  2. ^ Lewiston Morning Tribune. August 7, 1952,2854875&dq=bill+engeln+umpire&hl=en. Retrieved June 28, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Beavers Victors in Two Contests". United Press. June 16, 1945. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ The Official Major League Baseball Fact Book 2002. The Sporting News. 2002. p. 504. ISBN 0-89204-670-8. 
  5. ^ . Associated Press. August 2, 1954,234741&dq=bill+engeln&hl=en. Retrieved June 29, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ TSN Umpire Card: Bill Engeln, retrieved June 29, 2012 

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