Former National League umpire Dutch Rennert dies at 88

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1984, file photo, Atlanta Braves' Randy Johnson, left, argues the call of safe at third base with second base umpire Dutch Rennert, center, as San Francisco Giants' Chili Davis looks back during a baseball game in San Francisco, Calif. Rennert, a National League umpire from 1973 to 1992 who was known for his animated, booming strike calls, has died. He was 88. St. John's Family Funeral Home and Crematory in St. Augustine, Florida, confirmed Monday night, June 18, 2018, that Rennert died on Sunday. A cause of death wasn't given. (AP Photo/Lui Wong, File)

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) Dutch Rennert, a National League umpire from 1973 to 1992 who was known for his animated, booming strike calls, has died. He was 88.

St. John’s Family Funeral Home and Crematory in St. Augustine, Florida, confirmed Monday night that Rennert died on Sunday. A cause of death wasn’t given.

Laurence ”Dutch” Rennert Jr. was a longtime minor league umpire before his promotion to the National League in 1973. He worked 2,693 regular-season games plus six NL Championship Series, three World Series, in 1980, ’83 and ’89, and two All-Star Games.

Respected by players, Rennert was known for his distinctive strike calls. He would step back from the catcher, turn toward one dugout in a crouch or on one knee, extend his right arm and often yell loud enough to be heard on a television or radio broadcast.

He was so recognizable behind the plate that plenty of fans even enjoyed mimicking him at times.

Rennert was born on June 12, 1930, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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