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Ashford, Emmett Littleton

Born: 1914 AD
Died: 1980 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Baseball Player

1914 – Born in Los Angeles, California on the 23rd of November.

1951 – On the 20th of February, he became an umpire in the Southwestern International League, the first black professional umpire.

1961 – He went on to umpire in the Pacific Coast League for many years before being hired by the American League.

1966 – On the 1st of April, he became the first black Major League umpire.

1967 – He was an outfield umpire for the All-Star game, and later worked in the World Series.

1970 – He remained an umpire until mandatory retirement.

1980 – Died on the 1st of March at age 65 in Venice, Los Angeles.