Inductee was Well-Respected
Nestor Chylak was
well-respected during his career as a major league umpire as Baltimore Sun
columnist Bob Maisel described when Chylak died in 1982.
"If you're like I am,
so often when you hear of someone's death, you sit there and wonder why you
didn't tell him when he was still alive how, great you thought he was at his
"That happened to me
again Wednesday, when the sports wire carried the story that Nestor Chylak had
died of a heart attack at age 59.
"In my time around
baseball, Nestor Chylak was the best umpire I ever saw, and I regret not having
told him so. He is the kind of guy who would have appreciated it,
even coming from a mere sports writer.
"Chylak was an
umpire's umpire, a player's umpire, and a management's umpire in one package.
He knew his job and was good at it, and had tremendous confidence in his ability
to handle whatever came up. What he had that a lot of other umpires
lack was common sense, an appreciation of what he was out there for. He
didn't try to be the show. All he wanted to do was call the plays right,
keep the game moving and handle the situations as they arose so that others
could furnish the show."