Nestor Chylak, Umpire-
For 25 Years, Is Dead
DUNMORE, Pa., Feb., 17 (UPI)
Nestor Chylak, an American League umpire for 25 years and assistant supervisor of umpires since 1979, died today at the age of 59. He apparently suffered a heart attack.
Mr. Chylak, a native of Olyphant, Pa., started his umpiring career in 1947 in the Pony League. He moved to the Canadian-American League in 1950, the International League in 1952 and the American League in 1954. He worked five World Series, three American League championship series and four All-Star Games.
"I umpired for 25 years and can honestly say I never called on wrong in my heart," he once said. "The way I see it, an umpire must be perfect on the first day of the season and then get better every day."
In New York, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn paid tribute to Mr. Chylak saying: "Few have ever been more respected in his field. Everyone looked up to him, and I developed more respect every time I saw him in a World Series or All-Star Game."
Surviving are his wife, Sue; two sons, Robert and William, and a brother.