Died: Dec. 10, 2004 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Ed Sudol, who was the umpire behind the plate on the night of one of baseball's most historic home runs, died on Dec. 10, 2004 in Daytona Beach, Fla. He was 84.
Sudol was calling balls and strikes on April 8, 1974, when Hank Aaron hit the 715th home run of his career.
It was not the only historic night of Sudol's career. He was also the plate umpire during Jim Bunning's perfect game in 1964.
His work also included the World Series in 1965, 1971 and 1977.
Sudol spent 12 seasons in the minor leagues as a first baseman, but he never made it to the major leagues. He was 32 years old when he enrolled in an umpiring school in Daytona Beach, according to his obituary.
He made his debut in the major leagues as an umpire in 1957.
Sources: AP obituary