Nestor Chylak

Nestor Chylak Jr.
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1999
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Primary position: Umpire

Considered the model umpire of the post-war era, Nestor Chylak was a skillful arbiter who earned the respect of players and managers alike during his 25-year major league career. The longtime American League crew chief worked six All-Star games, three League Championship Series and five World Series. During service in the U.S. Army in World War II, he nearly lost his eyesight in the Battle of the Bulge after being struck by shrapnel from an exploding shell. His courage merited the prestigious Silver Star and Purple Heart.

"Nestor is one of the ultra, ultra good umpires. And the players respond to him. He's a good hustler. He always seems to be at the right place at the right time. "
Johnny Pesky

Career stats

Year Inducted: 1999
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Position Played: Umpire
Birth place: Peckville, Pennsylvania
Birth year: 1922
Died: 1982, Dunmore, Pennsylvania