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Joe West

Joseph Henry West (born on Halloween, 1952 in Asheville, North Carolina) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the National League in 1976 and from 1978 to 1999, and throughout both major leagues since 2002. He is a crew chief. Nicknamed "Cowboy Joe", he is also known for being a singer/songwriter. He has umpired in the World Series in 1992, 1997, and 2005, serving as crew chief on the last occasion. He also umpired in the All-Star Game in 1987 and 2005, calling balls and strikes the second time. He has officiated in 7 League Championship Series (NL: 1981, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1996; AL 2003, 2004) and 3 Division Series (NL 1995; AL 2002 and 2005). He wears number 22.

==Background=

Like fellow umpire Ron Luciano, West played collegiate football. He played at East Carolina University as a freshman and was a three-year starting quarterback at Elon College, winning the MVP award in 1973 there when Elon was ranked number two in NAIA Division I. He still holds three passing records and was inducted into the Elon College Sports Hall of Fame.

Starting in minor league umpiring, West worked in the Western Carolinas League (1974; inducte...

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