Stan Landes

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Stan Landes
Born Stanley Albert Landes
(1923-12-08)December 8, 1923
Bronx, New York
Died January 23, 1994(1994-01-23) (aged 70)
Peoria, Arizona
Occupation Umpire
Years active 1955–1972
Employer National League

Stanley Albert Landes (December 8, 1923 – January 23, 1994) was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the National League from 1955 to 1972. Landes umpired 2,872 major league games in his 18-year career. He umpired in three World Series (1960, 1962 and 1968), one League Championship Series (1970) and three All-Star Games (1957, 1961 and 1972).[1]

Early life[edit]

After serving in the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1945,[2] Landes pitched in minor league baseball in 1946 and 1947.[3]

Umpiring career[edit]

Landes umpired for several seasons in the North Atlantic League, Middle Atlantic League, South Atlantic League and the American Association. He debuted in the National League on April 13, 1955.[1]

Landes was terminated by National League President Chub Feeney in November 1972. Several months later, Landes said that he still had not received a specific explanation for his firing. The day that his termination letter was written, Stan had been outspoken about the mistreatment of umpires at a professional organization meeting. He also speculated that his personal problems may have been contributing factors. Landes had weight problems, went through three divorces and passed bad checks owing to a lack of communication from his second wife.[4]

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