Obit Phillips

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 1999 file photo, Richie Phillips, head of the Major League Umpires Association, gestures during a news conference in New York. Phillips, a hard-charging negotiator for NBA referees and Major League Baseball umpires, has died. He was 72. Phillips' death was reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, which said he died Friday, May 31, 2013 of cardiac arrest at his second home in Cape May, N.J. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 3, 1999 file photo, Richie Phillips, head of the Major League Umpires Association, gestures during a news conference in New York. Phillips, a hard-charging negotiator for NBA referees and Major League Baseball umpires, has died. He was 72. Phillips' death was reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, which said he died Friday, May 31, 2013 of cardiac arrest at his second home in Cape May, N.J. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

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