Former MLB Umpire Derryl Cousins Dies at 74; Worked 3 World Series

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistOctober 20, 2020

Umpire Derryl Cousins works a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves in Pittsburgh Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Former Major League Baseball umpire Derryl Cousins has died at the age of 74.

MLB's communications department issued a statement about Cousins on Twitter:

MLB Communications @MLB_PR

MLB is deeply saddened by the passing of 34-year Major League Umpire Derryl Cousins at 74. The Californian worked nearly 4,500 games & three World Series ('88, '99, '05). He was behind the plate for the White Sox clincher in '05 & the '08 ASG at Yankee Stadium (pictured below). https://t.co/lSRd89ZsxW

Cousins began his career as an MLB umpire in 1979 when he was hired as a replacement during the Major League umpires strike that lasted into the regular season before an agreement was officially signed in May.

During his 34-year career from 1979-2012, Cousins was part of several iconic moments in MLB history. He was the home-plate umpire for the game between the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants on Aug. 4, 2007 when Barry Bonds hit his 755th career homer, tying Hank Aaron's all-time record. 

He was the first base umpire when Oakland A's starter Dallas Braden threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 9, 2010. 

Cousins was also part of the umpire crew for three World Series in 1988, 1999 and 2005. He retired before the 2013 season.