Froemming to work 5,000th Major League game Wednesday

Froemming to work 5,000th Major League game

Umpire Bruce Froemming is scheduled to be behind the plate for the 5,000th game of his Major League career at Fenway Park on Wednesday, when the Boston Red Sox host the Detroit Tigers.

"Major League Baseball salutes Bruce Froemming's lifetime of service to our game," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "I have known Bruce for many years, and his dedication and longevity are remarkable."

Froemming, currently working his 36th season as a Major League Umpire, ranks second all-time in years of service and games worked, trailing only Hall of Famer Bill Klem. Froemming, a native of Milwaukee, has been assigned to the All-Star Game twice, the Division Series a record eight times, the League Championship Series 10 times and the World Series five times. His 109 total postseason games are a record. The 66-year-old Froemming worked in the Nebraska State League, the Midwest League, the Northern League, the Northwest League, the Texas League and the Pacific Coast League before joining the Major League staff in 1971.

Only Klem, nicknamed "The Old Arbitrator," worked as a Major League Umpire for a longer period of time than Froemming has thus far in his career. Klem was a National League Umpire from 1905-1940 and worked a number of games in the 1941 season, when he became the N.L.'s first "Chief of Umpires." Klem umpired 5,374 games in his career.