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Don't forget Froemming

Updated: September 18, 2007, 8:13 PM ET

In the old days, umpires were considered major figures of the game. In the 1940s and '50s, you couldn't open an issue of Baseball Digest without running across a story told by, or about, longtime American League umpire Billy Evans. Hall of Fame umpire Bill Klem was probably as famous as all but the most famous National Leaguers of his time. These days, though, to be a famous umpire you probably have to be gay, fat or female. Not that there's anything wrong with any of those things. I'm just saying, ...

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