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Old 06-05-2006, 06:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ex-umpire Gregg suffers stroke

Eric Gregg, the West Philadelphia native and popular former major-league umpire, was in critical condition in intensive care at Lankenau Hospital last night after suffering a stroke at his Ardmore home yesterday morning.

"We need prayers," Gregg's son Kevin said last night.

Kevin Gregg said his father suffered serious bleeding in his brain.

Eric Gregg, 55, worked as a National League umpire for 23 seasons before losing his job as part of a failed mass-resignation tactic by umpires during a 1999 labor dispute.

Gregg was one of the most recognizable umpires ever. During his time on the field, he was affectionately known as the "Plump Ump" for his hefty size, which was matched by a 100-watt smile and a gregarious personality that made him a favorite of baseball people and ballpark workers throughout the big leagues. He worked the 1989 World Series along with several championship series and All-Star Games.

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