Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1999
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 honors.