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He’s Out! Asheville native Joe West Retires From MLB

Joe West, the all-time leader in Major League Baseball games umpired, announced his retirement this week after calling a record 5,460 regular-season games. Born in Asheville 69 years ago, and known as “Country Joe,” West called his last game Oct. 6, 2021, behind home plate in the National League wild-card game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals. West broke the record held by National League umpire Bill Klem, who may or may not have gotten some calls right from 1905 to 1941.

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