Saturday, February 12, 2011

Ernie Tyler

Really, really sad news out of the area this morning concerning a long time member of the organization...long time member of the organization...

From the Baltimore Sun: Ernie Tyler, the longtime Orioles umpires attendant known for his tireless work ethic and sly sense of humor, died late last night, a team official confirmed. Tyler was 86. A local legend, Tyler once worked 3,819 consecutive home games at Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards, from Opening Day 1960 to July 27, 2007. His streak, which included 3,769 consecutive regular-season games, 40 post-season games and nine exhibitions, ended when he accepted an invitation from Cal Ripken Jr. to attend Ripken's Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Although Ernie Tyler never suited up in a Oriole uniform, for a lot of fans - including myself - he was as much part of the organization as anyone could be. I spoke to Mr. Tyler to several times over the years, saying "hello, how's it going?" or "bye", so I didn't know him at all; however, it will be very surreal not seeing him at Camden Yards anymore.

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