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Former Umpire John Flaherty Dies

April 13, 1999

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) _ John F. ``Red″ Flaherty, a former American League umpire, died at his home after a lengthy illness. He was 81.

Flaherty, who died April 1, worked four World Series in his 21-year big league career that began in 1952.

Flaherty found himself in the limelight in 1954, when he was officiating at a game between the Washington Senators and the New York Yankees.

He called a Senators’ base runner ``out″ at home plate when he tried to score from second on a single. Attending the game was President Eisenhower, who yelled out, ``No!″ Later in the locker room, Flaherty was asked whether Eisenhower’s displeasure made him rethink his position.

``No,″ Flaherty said. ``It wasn’t even close.″

Flaherty’s survivors include his wife of 54 years, Jeannette C. (Thompson); a son, Peter and grandchildren.