Nestor Chylak was one of the most respected umpires of the post-war era. Looking for work after World War II, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge, Chylak started umpiring college and minor league games. By 1954 he was in the Majors. A model of consistency and a rare umpire liked by players and managers, he would have a 24-year career in which he called three American League Championship Series, six All-Star Games and five World Series. He was known not just for his steady judgment of a game, but also for his ability to listen to the objections of managers and players without escalating the situation.
Chylak was the crew chief during the unfortunate “10 Cent Beer Night” promotion staged by the Indians in 1974. The eventual drunken brawl that occurred led him to declare the game a forfeit.
July 25, 2011