Lord Byron (umpire)

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Lord Byron
William "Lord" Byron (baseball umpire).jpg
Byron as a National League umpire
William Jeremiah Byron

September 18, 1872
DiedDecember 27, 1955 (aged 83)
Other names"Lord" "The Singing Umpire"
Years active1913-1919
EmployerNational League

William Jeremiah "Lord" Byron (September 18, 1872 - December 27, 1955) was a Major League Baseball umpire.[1]

Byron began umpiring in the Michigan State League in 1896. He would then work in the South Atlantic League from 1905 to 1907. From 1908 to 1912, Byron umpired games for the Virginia League, Eastern League, Southern League, and the International League.[2]

Byron made his major league umpiring debut on April 10, 1913 for the National League. He would work in the NL from 1913 until 1919, umpiring 1,012 games and the 1914 World Series with Bill Dinneen, Bill Klem, and George Hildebrand.[3]

He returned to the minor leagues with the Pacific Coast League from 1920 to 1924, and then retired from umpiring. Byron was known as the "Singing Umpire", because he would occasionally sing his calls.[4][5]

Byron died in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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