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1988 T&M Umpires #17 Paul Runge (Autographed)

Paul Edward Runge

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OF/C Paul Runge played in the minor league system of the Houston Colt 45s in 1962-1963 and the Los Angeles Angels in 1964.

After retiring, Runge was an umpire in the California League (1965-1966), Eastern League (1967), and Pacific Coast League (1968-August 1973). He then was a National League umpire from September 1973 to 1997.

His father, Ed Runge, and his son, Brian Runge, have both also served as big league umps. Paul was famous for a controversial "interference call" on Brett Butler that saved Orel Hershiser's 1988 scoreless inning streak, nullifying a run by José Uribe.

He umpired in 9 National League Championship Series, 4 World Series and 3 All-Star Games.

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