Olyphant's Nestor Chylak
Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
April 7, 2000
This WWW site is a tribute to the
late Nestor Chylak Jr. (1922-1982), a Ukrainian-American native of Olyphant, PA,
who was an American League Umpire (1954-1978) inducted into the Baseball Hall of
Fame in Cooperstown, NY on Sunday July 25, 1999.
Chylak became the eight umpire and the fifth Northeast Pennsylvania native inducted
into baseball's hall joining Christy Mathewson, Bucky Harris, Hugh Jennings, and
Quotes by Nestor Chylak
"They expect an umpire to be perfect
on opening day and to improve as the season goes on."
At the National Baseball Hall of Fame Umpire exhibit it says:
"This must be the only job in America that everybody knows how to do better
than the guy who's doing it."
The veterans Committee selected
Olyphant native Nestor Chylak Jr. for induction into the National Baseball Hall
The committee was down from 15 voting members to 12 due to the
retirement of longtime executive Buzzie Bavasi and health problems of writer
Leonard Kopett and Hall of Fame shortstop Pee Wee Reese.
The committee can vote for up to 10 persons on the ballot, but
three-fourths of the members must approve a nominee for induction.
Chylak was selected as an umpire, but the committee also can select
former major leaguers, Negro Leaguers, 19th century players and personnel, plus
a composite of managers, umpires, executives and Negro Leaguers.
The committee did not disclose the number of votes received by
Dom DiMaggio, Joe Gordon, Mel Harder and Bill Mazeroski were among
others who were considered but not inducted.
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