Russ Goetz, American professional baseball umpire, Died at 86


Russell Louis Goetz was born on May 31, 1930, and died on March 15, 2017.

He was a professional baseball umpire.

Goetz worked in the American League from 1968 to 1983.

He umpired 2,384 major league games in his 16-year career.

Russ Goetz umpired in two World Series (1973 and 1979), two All-Star Games (1970 and 1975) and four American League Championship Series (1970, 1974, 1977, and 1981).

He wore uniform number 5 when the American League adopted numbers in 1980.

Goetz was one of the last five umpires using the outside chest protector when he retired.

He died in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

Russ Goetz passed away at 86 years old.