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Charles Williams

Born: Sept. 15, 2005 in Chicago, Ill.


Charles Williams, who became the first black umpire to work a World Series game, died on Sept. 15, 2005. He was 61.

He broke a baseball color barrier of his own on in 1993 when during Game 4 of the World Series. That World Series featured the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies.

That game lasted for four hours and 14 minutes -- and broke several records including the most runs scored by two teams (29) and the most records scored by a losing team (14).

His career had also included some moments when what happened on the field crossed over into his life away from the game. According to reports, he received death threats in 1986 when he threw the Padres' Steve Garvey out of a game.

He enjoyed golf, traveling and line dancing. He had been married to his wife, Diana, for 26 years.

Williams was born in Denver and had been an All-America football player at Long Beach City College.