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Back from a close call
Ralph Wiley
June 21, 1982
Bill Kunkel is umpiring again after an off-season battle with the Big C
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June 21, 1982

Back From A Close Call

Bill Kunkel is umpiring again after an off-season battle with the Big C

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Hendricks had one question. "Did you see Kunkel out there?"

"Barely," someone answered.

Hendricks nodded and smiled.

"Ah, I don't mind saying it," Weaver said. "They've got a lonely job."

In the umpire's quarters, Kunkel sat half-dressed while his three close friends dissected Rocky III. "Oh, I don't know," he said. "It's a tough life, umpiring. But it's a life."

Bill Kunkel, book umpire, is never likely to second-guess that call.

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