On This Date 5/19/1979

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Six weeks into the season, the regular umpires return to the job of calling balls and strikes after being on strike. The Umpires of the American and National League were dissatisfied with their new deal and walked out of the job as the season began. While the regular men in blue were walking picket lines, amateur and retired umpires were hired as replacements. Eight of those replacement umpires would remain on the job.

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