Haller honored by state Representative Tom Cross

Fayette County resident Bill Haller was recently honored by state representative Tom Cross (R-Oswego) for a lifetime of acheivements.

Haller, a former Major League Baseball umpire, was the focus of House Resolution 942, which was passed last week to honor his storied career in baseball and the military.

“Today I am proud to extend very heartfelt congratulations to Bill Haller, a man who not only became renowned as 'that legendary Major League umpire' throughout a 20-year career in the majors, but also proudly defended our country in Korea,” Cross said in a story on his website. “It is with great satisfaction that I am able to recognize Bill for all of his contributions to both professional baseball and the country he loves so dearly.”

Haller was a 1953 graduate of Lockport Township High School, where he was a three-spot star, and he played baseball and basketball at Joliet Junior College.

He spent two years in the Army during the 1950s and then spent four years in the minor leagues before starting his career in umpiring.

He umpired four World Series and four American League playoff series.

On July 14, 1972, he umpired a game with his brother, Tom, catching for the Detroit Tigers. That is the only time in baseball history that brothers have been the catcher and umpire in the same game.

Haller currently resides near Brownstown.

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