Former AL umpire Marty Springstead dead at 74

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball says former umpire Marty Springstead has died. He was 74.

The commissioner's office said Wednesday that Springstead was found dead at his home in Florida on Tuesday night.

A native of Nyack, N.Y., Springstead was an American League umpire from 1966-85 and worked the World Series in 1973, 1978 and 1983. After retiring from the field, he became the AL's executive director of umpires, then worked as an umpire supervisor for MLB after umpire staffs from the leagues merged.

He retired from his management position before the 2010 season.

Commissioner Bud Selig says "Marty mentored a new generation of our umpires, not only in the major leagues but around the world."

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