Major League Baseball announced today the umpiring crew that will work the 2005 World Series, scheduled to begin on Saturday, October 22, 2005.
Twenty-eight-year veteran umpire Joe West will call the balls and strikes in Game One of the Fall Classic. West, working his third World Series and 13th post season series, will be joined by Derryl Cousins (3rd WS) in his 11th post season assignment, Jerry Layne (1st WS) in his eighth post season assignment, Angel Hernandez (2nd WS) in his 10th post season assignment, Gary Cederstrom (1st WS) in his sixth post season assignment, and Jeff Nelson (1st WS) also in his sixth post season assignment.
Throughout the course of the 2005 World Series, all umpires will wear a special patch with the initials "C.W." inscribed. This tribute will honor former Major League umpire Charlie Williams who passed away on September 12th. Williams, who served on the Major League staff from 1982 to 2001, became the first African-American umpire to work behind home plate in a World Series game during Game 4 of the 1993 Fall Classic. Diana Williams, Mr. Williams' wife of 26 years, will be in attendance at U.S. Cellular Field for Game 1 of the World Series as a special guest of Major League Baseball.