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Joe West Prepared to Stand Alone Among Umpires

By Bob Nightengale, USA Today, 06/02/21, 9:30AM EDT


“This record will never be broken,"

The Oak Ridge Boys will be there.

So will Commissioner Rob Manfred.

And Chicago Bears icon Jim McMahon.

Fourteen-time Grammy Award singer Emmylou Harris, too.

There will be another 130 guests and friends traveling to Chicago for the historic game Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field between the Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.

Joe West is scheduled to work his record 5,376th game when he squats behind the plate, surpassing Hall of Famer Bill Klem’s mark that has stood for 80 years.

“This record will never be broken," former umpire Terry Tata says. "It’s almost mathematically impossible."

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