Around midnight last night, Orioles’ umpire attendant Ernie Tyler passed away peacefully in his sleep.
Tyler, 86, was known for “out-ironing” the Iron Man, working every home game from Opening Day 1960 until 2007 when he voluntary missed a game to travel to Cooperstown to see Cal Ripken, Jr. get inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Tyler returned to a standing ovation from the Camden Yards crowd.
His streak stood at 3,819 consecutive games, putting Cal’s 2,632 to shame.
Tyler had worked in some capacity with the Orioles since their inaugural season in 1954. He went from a part-time usher in 1954 to a full-time usher in 1958 to umpire’s assistant in 1960.
In 2010 Tyler ceased his on-field duties as per request from his family, but continued to manage the umpires’ room and prepare the balls for games.
The effects of the loss of Tyler has hit all associated with the Orioles.
“Sad day! We lost a great man today. Ernie Tyler was the epitome of hard work, dedication and class. He will be greatly missed!” said second baseman Brian Roberts via Facebook.
“R.I.P to Ernie Tyler. Great man. Taught me Alot in my 3 years in Bmore. Very sad day for the O’s family,” tweeted center fielder Adam Jones.
Tyler leaves behind wife Juliane and eleven children.