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Former National League Umpire Jackowski Dies

July 30, 1996

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) _ Bill Jackowski, the umpire remembered for standing fast during the pandemonium following one of baseball’s most famous home runs, has died.

Jackowski, a National League umpire for 16 years, died Monday in Springfield Hospital at age 81.

He was behind the plate in the seventh game of the 1960 World Series when Bill Mazeroski of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the series-winning home run against the New York Yankees.

Thousands of fans mobbed the field, but Jackowski held his ground and made sure Mazeroski touched home plate.

New Hampshire state Sen. Clesson Blaisdell, who was a basketball referee with Jackowski, said he once asked his friend why he stayed behind the plate during the mayhem. Blaisdell said Jackowski told him, ``Hey, somebody had to be there.″

Jackowski’s funeral will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Bellows Falls.

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